It’s a two-way race between Florida and Tennessee for Marcus Tatum, but the three-star offensive tackle is tabling his decision until the playoffs are over.
“It’s a battle between them two,” Tatum reaffirmed to SEC Country.
The 6-foot-6, 255-pound senior from Daytona Beach, Fla., maintained both schools have shown him and his family enough, from the coaching staff to the players in the locker room.
But there are two other factors that could potentially help steer him towards his decision: Academics and teammate Jachai Polite, who committed to Florida on Nov. 12. Tatum said he and Polite are ‘extremely close’ both on and off the field.
Will Polite’s commitment have any bearing on Tatum’s decision?
“It’s really cool to know he’s going there, but at the end of the day that was the decision that was best for him,” Tatum said. “I have to decide the decision that’s best for me.”
And what’s best for him could ultimately come down to academics. Tatum said he intends on majoring in Kinesiology.
“Everybody looks at me crazy,” Tatum said. “Except the academic people. They love it. The players look at me like, ‘wow.’ But the academic people love it.”
Tatum is rated as the No. 60 player overall in Florida.