One player we couldn't wait to see last Friday when Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds took on Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey was McClymonds linebacker Joshua Tatum. Tatum is one of the top three players in the state in our eyes but a possible serious injury on the game's opening kickoff cut his night short.
Tatum, 6-1, 220 pounds is a tremendous talent at linebacker with size, speed and hitting ability. He missed most of his junior season with a torn labrum but a strong showing at the NorCal Nike camp combined with great sophomore film saw Tatum land over 20 scholarship offers by the summer.
When we last talked to Tatum, a few months back, he was always hyped for the match-up with Dorsey and said it was all he could think about it. That's what made it even more disappointing to see the 'backer go down on the games first play.
"He doesn't even remember how it happened," McClymonds head coach Alonzo Carter said. "He's still in shock to be honest. Joshua was so geared up for this game, he was like a caged animal on the sidelines before the game. He's really our emotional leader and was a huge part of the game plan for us in trying to slow down Stafon (Johnson). He got hurt right in front of our sideline and when that happened, I think our players will admit it, but I think emotionally, that was tough for them to get over."
Carter said Tatum is scheduled to have an MRI later today where they'll learn the extent of his injury.
"Right now they're calling it a sprain but that could be a lot of things," Carter said. "They said nothing is broken and until they do the MRI, it could be anything. It could be an ACL tear or something with the MCL, we're just not sure right now but it didn't look good for him. We'll know more later this week and we're just praying it's OK for him. USC and Cal have both already called to check on him and see how he's doing which was real classy on their part. I think that meant a lot to Joshua and his family."