Tennessee lands four-star offensive lineman Marcus Tatum

BY foxsports • January 11, 2016

Tennessee added another big brick to its 2016 recruiting class Monday, as the Volunteers gained a commitment from offensive lineman Marcus Tatum. Tatum chose the Vols over Florida and Alabama. 

Rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 1 offensive tackle in the state of Florida by Scout, Tatum is a big pickup for a Tennessee team still seeking an elite tackle presence on the offensive line. The commitment is an added bonus for the fact it keeps Tatum away from two conference opponents, most notably the Gators, who are also looking to rebuild the offensive line. 

Tatum becomes the first Florida native to commit to the Vols following the hiring of new tight end coach Larry Scott, formerly the interim head coach at Miami. Scott recruited Tatum to the Hurricanes and obviously helped recruit Tatum to a different shade of orange.  

With Tatum's commitment, Tennessee moves back to 17 total commitments toward their 2016 recruiting class and have three offensive linemen committed, joining Ryan Johnson and Nathan Niehaus. If the Vols can add Landon Dickerson to the class, expect the coaching staff to focus their efforts on other positions as the countdown to signing day inches closer and closer.

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