The Dunbar athlete projects at a few different positions on the next level: running back, corner/safety or outside linebacker. After winning district 7-4A's 1st-team defensive back and sophmore of the year honors, he racked up some outstanding stats during his junior season, a season in which he eventually became district 8-4A's 1st-team defensive back and an honorable mention all-state selection as a DB.
See junior season stats: 50 tackles, five picks, five pass break-ups, five tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries primarily as a corner. Splitting carries with senior RB Michael Turner (a standout D-1 prospect for '03 class), Tatum still managed 1,190 yards on 128 carries (9.2 ypc average) with 18 rushing TDs and to TDs receiving. He'll get the bulk of the carries next year.
His lone stint as an OLB came in Dunbar's first playoff game.
The highly regarded standout already has four scholarship offers from schools such as A&M, K-State, Wisconsin and Arizona, as does his best friend D.J. Davis (also from Ft. Worth Dunbar), who will be our next junior prospect update.
When Tatum was a sophomore at North Crowley, he won the 400 meters at regionals with a 47.01 and finished third in the state meet with a 47.87. He also was on the 4x100 sprint relay team that took second in state and on the 4x400 mile relay meriting a 4th place finish at state.
With a 37-inch vertical and outstanding 10-foot, 7-inch broad jump, Tatum told IT, "That was the first time I ever did the broad jump and I was sick that day, something I ate... I think. Couldn't keep anything down."
Tatum is just as strong as he is athletic.
"Last year at North Crowley, my powerlifting team won state," said one of the top junior prospects in Texas. "I can bench 330, squat 575 and power clean 300."
He also threw up 23 bench reps at the U.S. Army Combine.
My cousin Michael Demps played for Nebraska," Tatum said. "He played running back but later switched to safety."
We'll have more on the Tatum in this week's edition of the Inside Scoop.