Longhorns decommitment: UT loses recruit to the Sooners

Posted June 12th, 2017

Story highlights
  • New OU coach Lincoln Riley swings a local guy the Sooners' way.
  • Another Texas pledge from Oklahoma reaffirms his pledge to the Longhorns

Score a recruiting victory for new Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley.

He’s convinced Putnam City, Okla. defensive end Ron Tatum to stay in state and play for the Sooners. Tatum posted on social media Monday that he was “coming home.”

Tatum had been committed to UT since April. He was the 86th overall rated prospect in the country by 247Sports’ composite ratings; the four-star recruit was ranked as the No. 4 strong-side defensive end in the country and is the second-rated player in the state of Oklahoma.

With Tatum’s de-commitment, UT’s class now has 11 pledges; the 247Sports composite dropped Texas’ class from No. 4 to No. 5 nationally.

Meanwhile, Texas commitment Casey Thompson, whose father played for the Sooners, appeared to reaffirm his pledge to Texas shortly after Tatum’s decision became public. He posted a new profile photo of himself wearing a Longhorn hat and shirt.

The American-Statesman’s Mike Craven had this analysis of Tatum when he competed at the Under Armour All-America Camp Series in Cedar Hill:

“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.”


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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