"Memphis offered me three weeks ago," said Tatford, who is a punishing blocker. "I don't know much about them yet. I didn't get letters from Memphis, but their recruiter came to the school and offered me. I know that their tight ends coach used to be at LSU. They want me to take an unofficial visit up there in July. Miami of Ohio offered me recently. I called their coach and he told me that I was getting an offer - and then I got the letter in the mail. Their recruiter came to our practice in early May.
"Southeastern Louisiana and McNeese State have also offered. Coach Webb from Southeastern came to my practice and then he told me on the phone that they were offering me. I know McNeese's quarterbacks coach, Tim Leger. One of my brothers played under him here at St. Thomas More."
"With Louisiana-Lafayette, it would definitely be nice to play in front of my friends. My dad and one of my brothers played for the Cajuns and one of my brothers played baseball there as well. I'm a fan of Louisiana-Lafayette and I like their recruiter - Coach Fouquier - and I'm friends with his son (Kevin Fouquier).
"Tulane was my first offer. I went to their spring game and the campus is awesome. The education at Tulane is second-to-none. They use their tight ends in a lot of different ways, which I like. Their tight ends are versatile, often lining up in the slot. I like that their recruiting coordinator, Coach Lichtenberger, is also the tight ends coach."
Tatford says that he doesn't have any frontrunners yet and that he's intrigued by SMU, which doesn't normally employ a tight end.
"When I sent tape to schools, SMU was one of the first colleges to contact me," Tatford said. "They run a pro-style offense and Coach (Jeff) Reinebold said that they've never recruited a tight end. He told me that I could play defensive line or offensive tackle and I'm open to playing whatever, as long as I can play. Dallas is a cool city and SMU is an up-and-coming program. Coach Reinebold told me about how they built the program at the University of Hawaii and how no one thought they would have the success that they did."