Texas Tech Standing Out to California DT

RaiderPower.com caught up with Fresno (Calif.) Edison defensive lineman Leevel Tatum about his recruitment and thoughts about Texas Tech. Red Raider assistant coach Darrin Chiaverini (pictured above) is heading Tatum's recruitment.

Fresno (Calif.) Edison High School defensive lineman Leevel ("Lee-VELL") Tatum is a very versatile prospect. His coach has played him at nose, a 3-tech defensive tackle, defensive end, and will soon try him out at middle linebacker.

"I guess they want to utilize me more for my senior year because we lost a lot of athletes. My primary position is going to stay D-Tackle, D-end or the nose guard. Mainly the 3-technique."

That versatility has caught the eye of several coaching staffs around the country, including Texas Tech. Coach Darrin Chiaverini recently reached out to Tatum on Twitter.

"He asked me if I'd like to leave California. My response was yes sir."

Tatum possess a prestigious athletic pedigree as he is related to former Ohio State All-American and fearsome Oakland Raider safety Jack Tatum, his uncle, Jarvis, played in the MLB for the Angels and his father, Lavelle, was a standout safety at Fresno State. Though the Bulldogs have already offered, the thought is Leevel may want to blaze his own trail.

Aside from Texas Tech, Arizona State and Washington State have both been recruiting Tatum. An offer from the Sun Devils could be coming soon, while Wazzu might offer even sooner. A coach with the Cougars told him that an offer would come after one more film session with the staff.

While many recruits Tatum's age are unsure of what they want to major in when they get to college, he is an exception. His preferred major? Agriculture.

"That's actually the main thing I want to major in when I go to college. (Texas Tech) has one of the best programs.... I just like growing vegetables out of the ground. Where I come from, in the Central Valley, it's all over the place. One thing my dad says, everybody's gotta eat."

When asked about Texas Tech's football program as opposed to other schools, the Cali prospect talked about the family atmosphere.

"The football program is more like smashmouth football. It's more of a brotherhood."

Tatum will be taking a visit to the home-state school in Berkeley on Apr. 18.

"My coach, Tony Perry, told me they might offer me."

Tatum's recruiting timeline will likely extend until after his senior year, but the Edison lineman mentioned that he might make an exception for a Tech offer.

"Texas Tech, I've got a lot of interest in them."

The Scout three-star lineman has offers from Fresno State and New Mexico, with interest from Cal, Washington State, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Miami (FL), Oregon, Oklahoma, USC, and others.

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