The recently minted Scout four-star prospect saw his two top schools lock horns at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville less than 3 weeks ago.
“It was just good to see two of my favorite teams battle it out,” Tatum said. “That was really good to see.”
The Gators capped a furious comeback from being two touchdown behind to kick an extra point for a 28-27 win. The Dayton Beach, Florida, resident had a front-row seat alongside his mother to watch the Vols rack up 419 yards of total offense.
“The way they run the read option, I really like it,” Tatum said. “(Tennessee quarterback) Josh Dobbs, I like the way their quarterback runs, he runs just like our quarterback Denzel Houston. So, it was really cool to see that.”
The Tennessee roster isn’t deep at the offensive tackle position and Tatum ranks as the Sunshine State’s best at that spot and No. 19 nationally. At 6-feet-6, 260 pounds, Tatum understands his body and strength levels need work before he can start in the Southeastern Conference.
“I’m not really looking at playing time,” the four-star said. “I know I have to earn it wherever I go, so that doesn’t really matter to me.”
What the Mainland High School bookend does want in separation from the SEC East rivals is a feeling of sheer comfort on top of owning his planned major.
“Well, the main thing was always academics but then a lot of my favorite schools, they all have the right academic course of study for me. It all fits into the program. So really it’s just comfortability where I am with the program, making it feel like a place at home,” Tatum said.
The staff on Rocky Top will get a chance to show Tatum that Tennessee could be the tackle’s home away from home when he takes an official visit either this fall or winter.