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Texas Longhorns Among Favorites for 4-Star DE Ron Tatum

The No. 1 defensive end in Oklahoma recaps his Texas unofficial visit.

Putnam City (Okla.) DE Ron Tatum returned from his unofficial visit knowing very well how the Texas Longhorns' staff feel about him as a recruit.

"They seemed like they all really liked me and showed me a lot of respect," Putnam said of first-year head coach Tom Herman's staff. "It made me feel great."

Defensive line coach Oscar Giles has led the charge in recruiting the No. 1 defensive end in Oklahoma. Coach Giles played the role of tour guide for Tatum during his visit to Austin. The four-star prospect most enjoyed the time he spent with the Longhorns' staff and being able to see the facilities University of Texas has to offer.

"It was great," Tatum said. "Everybody was nice and it all looked great."

Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia are among the programs recruiting the DE hardest at this point. When asked if he has a favorite school right now, Tatum said it's currently between the Longhorns and Sooners.

"They're a great school and they're close to home," Tatum said about Oklahoma. "I love the coaches."

The Sooners have been out in front of Tatum's recruitment, and were among the first offers he received. Though he mentioned OU's proximity to home in his reasons for liking the Sooners, Tatum said distance "doesn't really matter" in his recruitment.

"The people, fans and coaches," Tatum said of what he is most looking for in a school. "And I want to play early."

At 6-foot-4, 250 pounds, Tatum is the No. 1 ranked defensive end in Oklahoma and ranks No. 197 overall in 2018.

Last week's trip to Austin was the only visit currently slated on the defensive end's spring schedule.

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