May 20, 2009
Ohio LB hearing from Spartans
Last year Michigan State hit Pickerington Central High School for defensive back Patrick White. This year the staff is back at the Ohio powerhouse program recruiting linebacker Willie Tatum. SpartanMag.com caught up with Tatum last night and got the details on his recruitment.
Tatum has been flying under the radar a bit form a recruiting standpoint. However, this month a steady stream of college coaches have stoped into Pickerington Central High School to evaluate the 6-fot-3, 210-pound prospect.
We asked Tatum if Michigan State has stopped by his school?
"Yes, Coach Mike Tressel was in last week to meet with my coach," Tatum said. "I have talked with him a few times. He told me that he just wants me to come up to Michigan State's to camp to meet with Coach Dantonio and then I will get offered. I will be going up there next month."
Tatum already has scholarship offers on teh table from Bowling Green and Marshall. In addition to those schools, he is also hearing from teams like Ohio State, Indiana, Wisconsin, Maryland and Buffalo.
So what are the in-state Buckeyes saying?
"I hear from them pretty often," he siad. "I have been to their junior day and the always leave recruit tickets for me. I have talked with both Coach Fickell and Coach Haynes. They also stopped by school. They just want to see me at camp and see how big I get. If I get up around 220-pounds they like me as an outside linebacker prospect; if I stay close to 205-pounds it will be as a safety."
Last fall Tatum saw his season come to an early end due to an unusual address conflict.
"I only played in the first seven games and then somebody tried to say that my brother and I did not love in Pickerington Central's district," Tatum said. "They did not make a ruling on it until wrestling season."
This year Tatum believes the team can be just as solid despite losing 3 players who signed with Big Ten schools.
"I think we defiantly have the talent to be very good. Those guys were great players, but we have some guys that are ready to step-up. I think we are re-loading more than rebuilding."
In addition to himslef, one of the other players that will help Pickerington Central re-load is his brother Wuan Tatum. Wuan, whoplays running back, is hearing from several of the same schools that are recruitng Willie.
Like Patrick White, Tatum indicated that he plans on graduating early and enrolling in time to participate in spring practice. That factor could improve Tatum's stock with teams that have scholarships available for early qualifiers. Michigan State will likely have a spot or two for mid-year additions.
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