"Ah man, that boy's cold," said the Fort Worth Dunbar standout. "I know everyone thinks Chance Mock is better and he might be, but I think VY's the best."
And you thought the fans/alumni were the only ones paying attention to the (shhh...) QB discussion/controversy at Texas...
"And Selvin Young did real good," Tatum continued. "I'm real excited about Texas this year. They could be pretty good this year...I think they can win the national championship."
Of course, the 4-star blue-chipper was also assessing his future competition in the DB ranks and with Nathan Vasher leaving after this season, Tatum knows a starting corner spot will be vacant.
"Hopefully, I get Nate's spot," Tatum said as he chuckled. "But Aaron Ross, Tarell Brown and Michael Griffin are really good. But I already knew the Texas DBs were good. But I didn't know all of them were that good.
Tatum's size suggests he could fit in and play both the strong/free safety positions as well as corner.
"You know, I kind of like playing safety and could do that if they needed me to. But the Texas coaches said they like me as a Quentin Jammer-type of corner --- I like that too."
Just a great kid!
High School Notes: Back to Tatum and his doctor visit...
"I dislocated my shoulder in the first game of the season against Brownwood," Tatum explained. "I was playing tailback. Anyway, it was weird. I didn't really get hit that hard. But my shoulder popped out of place. I just popped it back in and kept playing. Then, it popped back out and I had to get the trainer to help me pop it back in. After that, I sat out the rest of the game and our next game with Denton Ryan."
Tatum said he started at running back and middle linebacker on the D, but was also switching around the secondary, logging minutes at the corner position also.
"In our scrimmages, I never left the field, so when I return, it should be back to normal."
Dean: So how long will you be on the sideline?
Tatum: Oh, I'm good to go. I should be ready to go this week.
Obviously, that's great news for the kid, his family and the Dunbar football team. And Tatum seemed very excited about making a quick and full return to the field...
We've got quite a bit more from Tatum that we will get you in this week's Inside Scoop.