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From: Oakland, California
High School: McClymonds
As a junior, Joshua Tatum had an injured shoulder and did not play at St. Mary's High in Berkeley. As a sophomore at St. Mary's, he had 125 tackles (85 solo), 10 sacks, seven forced fumbles, and four interceptions. He was named first team all-league and the defensive MVP of league. Tatum has transferred to McClymonds High in Oakland for his senior year.
"I got here before this semester started," explained Tatum. "I am excited to play here as a senior."
He claims his shoulder is now at about 80 percent and he'll be full-go by the time the summer camps and combines come about. Last year, after attending Cal's camp, he was offered verbally by the Bears staff. "Cal and USC are my top two. I would say that Cal holds a slight advantage.
"I went down to USC for their camp last year and after it the coaches showed me a lot of love and I really like the school. My aunt and uncle graduated from there and still live in the area. So it is cool that I would have family around if I went there. 'SC is also the number one team in the nation so that shines bright on them in my eyes."
He also likes what Arizona State has to offer. "They have a real good program there and that is where Terrell Suggs is from. They have had a lot of good linebackers. The weather is hot and I like that. Arizona State is a good school."
Besides these three, he is also interested in Oregon, Oklahoma and Miami.
Despite his prowess as a running back, Tatum truly believes his future is on defense.
"I am great at reading plays so I know where to go when the ball gets hiked. I have great vision on defense and a lot of that comes from my experience as a running back. I also have great instincts and I'm a hard hitter."
Tatum carries a 3.1 core GPA and is taking the SAT on March 12th. He would like to major in Business or Law. "That is another thing helping Cal and USC - they both have those programs and they are good ones."