Four-star DE Ron Tatum III is set to announce his commitment Wednesday at 1:30 pm, during a ceremony at Putnam City (Okla.) High School. A Scout 300 prospect, Tatum's decision comes down to five - Alabama Crimson Tide, Georgia Bulldogs, Oklahoma Sooners, Texas Longhorns and TCU Horned Frogs. But let's be honest, this is very likely a two-team race between the Longhorns and Sooners.
Tatum previously told me three things that will matter most to him are his relationships with coaches, the fans/tradition of a school and early playing time. He has enjoyed his visits to Austin and has built a solid relationship with defensive line coach Oscar Giles.
But Tatum has been high on Oklahoma for a long time.
In talking with people close to the Sooners, the staff is feeling pretty confident in where they stand with Tatum as of Wednesday morning. But those on the Texas side of things feel similar.
So here we are, the morning of Tatum's commitment and neither side has an official answer, according to sources close to both programs. As of Wednesday before 9 am, both Oklahoma and Texas feel to be in the mix to land the nation's No. 16 defensive end, sources told HD.
First-year head coach Tom Herman has been going head-to-head with Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops in many recruiting scenarios during his short time in Austin. Herman most recently plucked a set of QBs out of Sooners' country, in four-stars Casey Thompson and Cameron Rising, and will now be going after the No. 1 DE in the state.
If Herman can pull a guy who has been basically looked upon as an OU lock for several months, that could be a huge testament to the faith recruits are putting in the Longhorns' leader, and an even bigger blow to Oklahoma.
But OU is working hard to ensure Herman will not be 3-for-3 in picking recruits right out of Norman's backyard.
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