The tide seems to have turned in Marcus Tatum’s recruitment.
Florida long seemed like the leader for Tatum, the offensive tackle from Mainland High School (Daytona Beach, Fla.). Now it seems possible that Tennessee is the team to beat for the 3-star prospect who ranks as the No. 44 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 62 overall prospect in Florida.
The 6-foot-6 ½, 255-pound Tatum told SEC Country on Sunday that he is primarily considering Alabama, Florida, Miami and Tennessee. Here are reasons why he could select each of those schools during his announcement, which is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. EST.
Tatum has long said that he has a strong bond with Alabama’s coaches following a summer camp visit there last year. However, Tatum hasn’t taken an official visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala., which makes a commitment to the Crimson Tide seem unlikely. However, Alabama is still one of the preeminent schools in the country. That can’t be discounted.
The Gators were thought to be the hands-down lock for Tatum for months. However, as he’s continued to keep his recruitment open, the easy pick doesn’t seem nearly as likely. Florida is certainly still interested in Tatum, but the Gators may have let this one slip away. Given his proximity to Florida’s campus, Tatum knows the area well. He is scheduled to take an official to Florida on Jan. 15.
Tatum is scheduled to take an official visit to Coral Gables, Fla., on Jan. 22. However, Tatum’s announcement on Monday could affect that decision. The Hurricanes seem like an unlikely destination considering they’re still breaking in a new coach in Mark Richt.
If the Vols secure a commitment from Tatum, it will all go back to his official visit in November. Tatum thought so much of an earlier trip to Knoxville, Tenn., that he took his mother for a return visit. Tatum told SEC Country that his mother was very impressed. That could give the Vols a pleasant recruiting surprise on Monday.