In-Depth with Razorback Commitment

In-Depth with Razorback Commitment

Josh Tatum received a call from his head coach at Marbury High School, Kyle Glover, and learned Arkansas had just offered a scholarship to play football in the SEC. Tatum had worked so hard for the past three years to earn this opportunity.

Tatum has never minced words about his feelings toward the Crimson Tide and all the positive things happening in that program at the present time. However, Tatum tells ScoutSouth.com his feelings towards his new-found team.

"After you visit Alabama you think no one else can come close to what they have to offer," Josh Tatum said from Marbury, (Ala.). "Arkansas is the only other place I've been where I got that same feeling."

"The facilities were great. They are right there with Alabama's. The coaches are awesome. I really liked working for Coach Markuson. I believe he is one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. He's the best I've worked with."

"I had a great camp at Arkansas. I ran a 5.02, 40-yard dash, which is my fastest time all summer. I got to meet some of the other prospects, and I saw McFadden while I was there."

Tatum has been to several camps and unofficial visits over the summer, and we asked what he feels separates Arkansas from the other schools.

"Everything at Arkansas is great. I love the facilities, the stadium, and the campus. When we got there Coach Markuson took us on a tour of the campus, and it is great. I really loved everything about Arkansas."

"On the drive home I was talking to Coach Glover about the whole experience, and I told him I could see myself at Arkansas very easily."

Tatum realized his dream to play in the SEC when he called Coach Houston Nutt Friday afternoon to tell him of his commitment to the Razorbacks.

"When I told Coach Nutt I am ready to commit he was happy. We talked for a few minutes, and he welcomed me to the Arkansas family. It's a great feeling to be a part of an SEC team, especially one like Arkansas," Tatum explained.

"Before I committed I got my family together, and we discussed it. My Mom asked me what I would do if Alabama offered me later. I told her that they (parents) had always raised me to be a man of my word. If you tell someone you're going to do something you don't go back on your word."

"I told Coach Markuson I was committed, and I am 100-percent committed to Arkansas."

"I could not be where I'm at now if not for great coaches. I have the best coaches in the world here at Marbury. They have really helped me get to this point. If not for my coaches, my teammates, my family, and most of all, God, I could not do any of this," an almost emotional Tatum explained.

"I am thankful for the opportunity."

Tatum hasn't set up his official visit to Arkansas, but he plans to attend a couple of games this season. His official visit to Fayetteville will come after the season.

Stay with ScoutSouth.com as we continue to follow Josh Tatum throughout his senior season.

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