Marcus Tatum didn’t take an official visit to Florida last weekend. And he doesn’t plan to.
The offensive tackle from Mainland High School (Daytona Beach, Fla.) considered a Florida visit after the school sent five coaches to visit him on Thursday. However, Tatum never made the relatively short drive to Gainesville, Fla., and remains steadfast in the commitment he made to Tennessee on Jan. 11.
In fact, Tatum said he only has one visit planned before National Signing Day on Feb. 3. He’ll make the trek to Knoxville, Tenn., to see the Vols one more time before he signs with them. The trip shows Tatum’s dedication since he and his family will have to pay their expenses. The NCAA only allows schools one official visit in which they can pick up the tab.
The three-star Tatum could still take an official visit on whichever weekend he doesn’t travel to Tennessee. That seems unlikely.
“Probably not,” the 6-foot-7, 255-pound prospect told SEC Country via text message. “Might use a weekend to see family or maybe a visit with one of my friends to support them (on a lower-level college team).”
When asked to describe his commitment, the science aficionado had an interesting answer.
“Solid like the earth’s crust,” he wrote. “Had to put my favorite subject in there.”
Tatum likes many sciences. He said he’s more of a body science fan than a geology fan, but there’s interest in both.
“Just find geology interesting,” Tatum said.
Tatum is the No. 43 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 61 overall prospect in Florida. Tatum picked the Vols over the Gators and Miami.
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