No matter where Tatum, Texas linebacker/safety Bryce Beall lines up in college, he's going to make a statement.
Describing himself as a fast linebacker arrives "mad" when he gets to the ball carrier, Beall has picked up his first scholarship offer. The all-state selection and district MVP found out this past week that his first offer was coming from the Big 12.
"I got it from Kansas this last week," Beall said. "It was cool and pretty interesting. It's the first one. I expected it because they've been showing a lot of interest."
Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M are also showing interest in Beall. He says that one of those teams stands out early.
"Oklahoma State is (my favorite)," Beall said. "I just loved it when I visited there. Everything seems like a family atmosphere. I went there for one of their junior days and I spoke with coach Joe Wickline about an offer. He says they're going to watch me in spring and we'll talk about it then."
Despite the loss of last year's Division I stars Lennon Creer and Darnius Moore, Beall says this year's Tatum team will be strong once again.
"Well, we've got a couple of Division I recruits with Cashas Pollard and Chance Blackmon coming back," Beall said. "So, we should be pretty good."
Beall describes himself as a guy that reacts quickly to developing plays and loves to get to the ball fast. He had two interceptions as a junior.