"I love it. It's a small school, and we are a big family here. (California signee) Kyle Reed is one of my best friends and being here at school with him and a lot of these other guys is great. I can't wait to get back on the field," said Tatum.
But college coaches have still located him. Even with missing much of his junior year, it hasn't stopped the recruiting attention for Tatum.
Though he wouldn't name a clear leader from his top seven, Tatum did say that Cal is looking good. "They are the home school and I love the coaches there and the campus is so close to home. I'm very comfortable there and close with the staff," he said.
Before the shoulder injury shelved Tatum for much of his junior year, during his sophomore year at St. Mary's he had 135 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 5 interceptions and 9 forced fumbles.
Tatum said he will not make any college decision till the early part of 2006. He said, "I am taking all of my trips. I'm not making an early decision."
Tatum has a 3.6 GPA and took the SAT in March.