Marcus Tatum withstood the onslaught, for now.
“I’m still a Vol,” the Tennessee offensive tackle commitment told SEC Country via text message shortly after being visited by five Florida coaches on Thursday, the first day recruiters were allowed to visit prospects since the beginning of the dead period in December.
Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, offensive line coach Mike Summers, receivers coach Kerry Dixon, defensive line coach Chris Rumph and linebackers coach Randy Shannon all dropped in to see Tatum at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Fla.
The show of force was clear. Florida is hoping to test Tatum’s commitment to the Vols, which he made on Monday. The three-star prospect picked Tennessee over Florida and Miami, but mainly the Gators. Florida’s visit had one primary goal, to convince Tatum to take an official visit before National Signing Day on Feb. 3. That could happen.
“Not sure yet,” Tatum said when asked if he would take any official visits.
The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Tatum already took his official visit to Tennessee in November. Tatum is scheduled to host Tennessee offensive line coach Don Mahoney at his home this evening.