"We think my mom has cancer. She is getting tested on May 16th. She is having a colonoscopy that day, and we should know the results that day. All I can do is sit here and pray," added Josh Tatum. "Mom has been in so much pain. This has been really tough on all of us, but it is something we are just going to have to get through. We are just keeping our fingers and toes crossed that the news comes back good, but we are expecting for the worst."
His mother's status could alter his
arrival plans at Ole Miss.
"If she comes back clean, then I will report
to Ole Miss on May 27th, pending I have all of my school work completed. If not,
then I am going to stay with her for another month and report to Ole Miss in late
June. I will need an extra month to be with her and help her out."
offseason has had several other setbacks.
"I actually had surgery
four or five weeks ago. I had some torn cartilage and they got it fixed. I am
just going to school, working out, and trying to get ready to get to Ole Miss."
Tatum reports to Ole Miss, he has to finish up some school work.
is going great. I am graduating on May 22nd. I am real excited about that. I am
just trying to finish strong this last semester, and I will be good to go. The
seniors last day was this past Friday, but I am doing some extra credit in Spanish
and Chemistry so I will not be done until late next week. I scored a 17 on the
ACT test, which means I need a 2.5 GPA. Right now, I am right at a 2.5 GPA, but
I want to pull up my GPA as high as I can to make sure I clear the clearinghouse.
When I get done with Spanish and Chemistry, I should be well over a 2.5."
now, Tatum's goals are pretty obvious.
"First of all, I just want
my mother to be OK. Everything else is secondary. To say I am pretty stressed
out right now is an understatement. It has been really painful to see my mom go
through this. I just want to take what ever is wrong with her and put it in me
so she will be OK but I can't. I am pretty emotional right now, but I am going
to get through this. Next, I want to finish strong in school, so I can get to
Ole Miss as soon as possible. And lastly, I just want to represent Ole Miss, my
team, and the state of Mississippi as well as I can. Those are my goals right
Don't worry Josh, you have already represented yourself and
your school in the highest manner one can. God bless and there will be thousands
of prayers sent to you and your family.
Mother on mind for OM signee Josh Tatum
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