Four-star athlete Dillon Tatum, Class of 2022 global prospect # 266, made a commitment Wednesday night to Michigan State and coach Mel Tucker live on CBS Sports HQ. Tatum preferred the Spartans over Michigan, Tennessee, Baylor, Georgia and Iowa.
“It’s a blessing. I’m going to win games, win a Big Ten championship and win a national championship,” Tatum said. “I just felt the love and passion of the coaching staff… I went to a camp in Michigan State and Mel Tucker personally coached me.”
Tatum, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound athlete from West Bloomfield High School, Mich., Is the No. 13 athlete in the country and the fifth-ranked player in the state of Michigan. He played as a running back, slot catcher, safety and cornerback in high school, but is expected to be a defensive back once he gets to college.
Allen Trieu, National Recruitment Analyst for 247Sports, provided this screening report on Tatum:
Played everywhere from running back and lunge on attack to safety and corner defense and returning kicks on special teams. Most likely projects like a nickel corner in college. Rode on track and had good results and it shows in his straight line speed but also in his conditioning and ability to play all three phases in high school. Shows good ball skills and has got interceptions from his safe point. Has a short zone speed and contractions to be able to play man. Physically speaking, he is not tall, but neither is he undersized. It’s not impossible for a school to make him look attacking, but he’s more likely to play defense and be a special teams guy.
Tatum is the 20th player to commit to Michigan State in the current recruiting cycle. He is the fifth player with four stars attached to his name in the 247Sports Class of 2022 hopefuls rankings.