Several days ago, the Oklahoma Sooners announced the departure of Bob Stoops after 18 years as the head coach. The move installed Offensive Coordinator Lincoln Riley as the next face of the program. Wasting no time, Riley and the coaching staff began calling recruits to reassure them of the university’s commitment to its players. However, it appears as though the efforts have further reaching effects.
Initially committed to play for the Texas Longhorns, defensive end Ron Tatum began to waiver in the wake of the news. Ranked as the No. 8 DE nationally, the Oklahoma City native decommitted and crossed the Red River in one statement. Now, the Sooner faithful welcome the homegrown product with open arms.
With the ability to play as a stand-up end or put his hand in the dirt, Tatum has the potential to disrupt offenses in numerous ways. A kid with a motor that never stops, the high school star stands 6-5 275-pounds.
Securing the verbal commitment of Tatum, a Putnam City product, the Oklahoma Sooners moved up 11 spots in the recruiting ranks to No. 10 nationally according to 247Sports. Assuming the number holds, this would mark the second consecutive year OU signs a top-ten recruiting class.