Four-star strong-side defensive end Ron Tatum trimmed his list on Friday night and as expected, the Longhorns survived the cut, along with Oklahoma, Alabama, TCU and Georgia.
I'm very excited and blessed too release my Top 5 schools!!!!! pic.twitter.com/HCT9jvpWeh— Ron Tatum III‼️ (@rontatum3_) April 22, 2017
A Sooner state product out of Oklahoma City’s Puntam City High School, the Longhorns have been tremendously active in Tatum’s recruitment and the interest is reciprocated. It would almost be fair to deem Texas as the favorite here if it weren’t for the home-state powerhouse, and to date, Oklahoma holds all nine of Tatum’s Crystal Ball projections.
For now, though, Texas still has a chance to swing things in its favor.
After Tom Herman and his staff extended an offer in January, Tatum visited the Forty Acres on February 16, as well as for the spring game.
With Tatum hoping to shut his recruitment down and commit at some point in the summer or beginning of the school year, the ‘Horns will likely need to get the 6’4.5, 269-pound prospect back on campus to have a legitimate chance of earning his commitment over Oklahoma, the overwhelming favorite.
That said, Herman and his staff recently proved it’s possible to cross the Red River and land a commitment as they did with four-star Southmoore quarterback Casey Thompson, although the Sooners weren’t prioritizing him as they are Tatum.
Tatum ranks as the nation’s No. 121 player, No. 5 strong-side defensive end and the No. 4 player in Oklahoma, per 247Sports Composite.