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Ron Tatum flips commitment to Sooners

The first commitment for Lincoln Riley is in, and it's flipping Ron Tatum from Texas to Sooners.

The Lincoln Riley era has begun with a boom, a big boom. Waiting for his first commitment as Oklahoma’s head coach, and it doesn’t get much bigger.

OKC Putnam City’s Ron Tatum tweets Monday afternoon he has flipped his commitment from Texas to OU and is the first pledge for Riley since taking over as head coach last week.

Tatum, ranked No. 17 at defensive end and No. 155 in the Scout 300, has been one of the more curious recruitments to follow, and we still have plenty of months to go.

A major priority since being offered by OU and defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux last October, Tatum surprised many by initially committing to the Longhorns in late April.

Despite that commitment, Tatum was quick to point out he was still making visits even if he felt he was 100 percent with Tom Herman and the Horns.

That visit did occur last week as Tatum was able to see the completed, improved facilities and told Sooners Illustrated last week how impressed he was with everything.

News hit last week of Bob Stoops retiring after 18 seasons at OU and Riley taking over and nobody was really sure how everything would transpire on the recruiting trail.

Riley and Herman is going to make for one fascinating recruiting battle and the first blow has been struck by Riley with Tatum.

Tatum is OU’s ninth commitment for the #ST2K18 class, the third in the Scout 300 and the fourth from within the state.

Tatum joins Moore Southmoore five-star offensive tackle Brey Walker and Tulsa Union’s Jordan Kelley and Patrick Fields as #OKPreps recruits headed to OU at this point.

The Sooners are still in hot pursuit of Midwest City Scout 300 defensive end/outside linebacker Jalen Redmond as OU looks to lock down the state and get Riley off to a roaring start in Norman.

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