Putnam City (Okla.) defensive end Ron Tatum at The Opening in Dallas. (Mike Craven)

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Four-star defensive end Ron Tatum chooses Texas over Oklahoma, others

Posted April 26th, 2017

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Tom Herman’s recruiting dominance over Oklahoma continued Wednesday when four-star defensive end Ron Tatum chose the Longhorns over the Sooners and a plethora of other FBS offers. Tatum, a 6-foot-4.5, 269-pound defensive end from Putnam City (Okla.) is Texas’ sixth commitment of the 2018 class and the first on the defensive line.

This is what I wrote about Tatum after watching him in Cedar Hill for the Under Armour All-America Camp Series:

“Tatum was the best defensive end at the camp. His combination of size and athleticism make him a tough man to block in 1-on-1 situations. He does a good job using his hands to engage offensive linemen before using his strength to dislodge blockers. Tatum also is quick enough to get to the edge with a speed rush, though, he’s best when he rushes from speed to power, not the other way around. He has the frame to eventually play defensive tackle, but he’s best suited to play strong side end at this point in his development. With most of the in-state defensive ends looking elsewhere, Tatum is a high-priority recruit for Texas.”

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Tatum is the third recruiting victory for Texas over Oklahoma in two weeks. It started when four-star Casey Thompson, an Oklahoma legacy, committed to the Longhorns at his high school April 13. The off-the-field victories continued when four-star quarterback Cameron Rising flipped his commitment to Texas from Oklahoma last Saturday. Tatum, an Oklahoman with major interest from the Sooners was the latest attack on Bob Stoops’ recruiting efforts.

Texas also holds commitments from slot receiver Justin Watkins, offensive tackle Reese Moore and outside linebacker Bryon Hobbs.

2018 Texas Longhorns signing class

Here's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
PlayerPos. SchoolStars Status
Byron HobbsLBFt. Worth Eastern Hills3Signed
Casey ThompsonQBSouthmoore (Okla.)4Signed
Cameron Rising QBNewbury Park (Calif.)4Signed
Reese MooreOTSeminole 3Signed
Cameron DickerKLake Travis3Signed
Caden SternsSCibolo Steele4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
DeMarvion OvershownSArp4Signed
Ayodele AdeoyeLBIMG Academy (Fla.)4Signed
B.J. FosterSAngleton 5Signed
Al'Vonte WoodardWRHouston Lamar4Signed
Jalen GreenCBHouston Heights4Signed
Brennan EaglesWRAlief Taylor4Signed
Anthony CookCBHouston Lamar4Signed
D'Shawn JamisonCBHouston Lamar4Signed
Malcolm EppsTESpring Dekaney4Signed
Junior AngilauOTSalt Lake East (Utah)4Signed
Mikey GrandyOTCollege of San Mateo (Calif.)3Signed
Ryan BujcevskiPProKick AustrailiaN/ASigned
Keondre CoburnDTSpring Westfield4Signed
Keaontay IngramRBCarthage4Signed
Daniel CarsonDEWilliam Chrisman (Mo.)3Signed
Michael WilliamsDEDunham School (La.)3Signed
Joshua MooreWRYoakum4Signed
Christian JonesOTCy Woods3Signed
Moro OjomoDTKaty3Signed
Joseph OssaiDEConroe Oak Ridge4Signed

 

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