Tatum recruiting update

Scout.com briefly spoke with LB Joshua Tatum(6-2, 220, 4.5) and asked him about his performance at Saturdays Nike combine in Palo Alto, Pete Carroll's visit to his school (McClymonds High School in Oakland) and a few other items.

Joshua said he had an ankle sprain and was in a lot of pain, but he still clearly a standout defensive performer at the combine on Saturday. He said he was very pleased with his effort.

Tatum ran a 4.7 forty despite the injury. He said he's still very sore and his ankle is still a bit swollen. There were other prospects who didn't participate due to injury. There's no doubting Tatum's toughness.

Pete Carroll visited Tatum's school on Friday. He said Pete watched tape with his coaches, looked over his transcripts and said he's all set to qualify. He recently scored a 1350 on the new SAT.

We asked Joshua if he looks at depth charts and his thoughts about the linebacker depth at the schools he's looking at.

"I take a look at all teams depth charts," Tatum said. I've never backed down from a challenge and the depth at linebacker won't matter to me. I'm going to take a look at all of the schools i'm interested in and find the best fit."

Tatum said USC, Miami and Tennessee are three schools he is certain he'll officially visit. Ole Miss and Cal round out his top-5, but that may change because of recent scholarship offers from two of the top schools in the country.

"Add Michigan and OU to the list of schools i'm interested in," Tatum said. "They both just offered me scholarships."


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