Four-Star DE Ron Tatum Says Yes to the Texas Longhorns

The whirlwind recruiting momentum continues for the University of Texas as moments ago the No 1 defensive end in Oklahoma picked the Longhorns. Ron Tatum checks in at 6-foot-4, 250-pounds from Oklahoma City (OK) Putnam City High School.

With offers from Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Oklahoma Sooners, TCU Horned Frogs, and Texas Longhorns to name a few, Ron Tatum III is one of the most heavily recruited defensive ends in America in 2018.  The four-star standout joins the Texas Longhorns and Cameron Rising, Casey Thompson, Reese Moore, Byron Hobbs and Justin Watkins for the recruiting class of 2018.


Inside the Numbers


Class of 2018


Defensive End

6-foot-4, 250-pounds

Oklahoma City (OK)

Putnam City High School

Scout Overall Rank No 154

Position Rank No 16

Midland DE Rank No 2

OK DE Rank No 1


Bio Blast


2016: Tatum led his team in tackles as a junior, when he recorded 99 stops, 10 sacks, one forced fumble, four pass breakups, and four QB hurries. Take


For a big-framed defensive end type, Tatum is pretty quick off the ball, with good frame potential to undergo a transformation in college. He has a quick first step, and he is an ideally a big defensive end at the next level with the possibility of moving into the interior of the defensive line as he grows and matures. He has the strength to handle interior lineman and double teams at the high school level right now, but he also has the quickness to play on the edge and get past offensive tackles and create havoc in the backfield. He needs to continue to develop his and moves and techniques but has a lot of upsides. - Greg Powers 

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