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.”
I'm coming back home……‼️⭕️🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/7F4YmfVsALAdvertisement
— RonRon🏁 (@rontatum3_) June 12, 2017
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.
— Lincoln Riley (@LincolnRiley) June 12, 2017
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.
— Casey Thompson (@LilThurm) June 12, 2017
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 classHere's a look at the recruits who signed with Texas for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Star rankings from 247Sports composite.
|Byron Hobbs||LB||Ft. Worth Eastern Hills||3||Signed|
|Casey Thompson||QB||Southmoore (Okla.)||4||Signed|
|Cameron Rising||QB||Newbury Park (Calif.)||4||Signed|
|Cameron Dicker||K||Lake Travis||3||Signed|
|Caden Sterns||S||Cibolo Steele||4||Signed|
|Ayodele Adeoye||LB||IMG Academy (Fla.)||4||Signed|
|Al'Vonte Woodard||WR||Houston Lamar||4||Signed|
|Jalen Green||CB||Houston Heights||4||Signed|
|Brennan Eagles||WR||Alief Taylor||4||Signed|
|Anthony Cook||CB||Houston Lamar||4||Signed|
|D'Shawn Jamison||CB||Houston Lamar||4||Signed|
|Malcolm Epps||TE||Spring Dekaney||4||Signed|
|Junior Angilau||OT||Salt Lake East (Utah)||4||Signed|
|Mikey Grandy||OT||College of San Mateo (Calif.)||3||Signed|
|Ryan Bujcevski||P||ProKick Austrailia||N/A||Signed|
|Keondre Coburn||DT||Spring Westfield||4||Signed|
|Daniel Carson||DE||William Chrisman (Mo.)||3||Signed|
|Michael Williams||DE||Dunham School (La.)||3||Signed|
|Christian Jones||OT||Cy Woods||3||Signed|
|Joseph Ossai||DE||Conroe Oak Ridge||4||Signed|
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