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Sooners DE and Former Four-Star Prospect Ron Tatum to Enter Transfer Portal

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The Oklahoma Sooners are losing a key piece from their 2018 recruiting class as former four-star defensive end Ron Tatum has confirmed he will enter the transfer portal.

Tatum retweeted several stories about his entering the portal, essentially adding truth to the original story from Sooner Scoop. 

He was a four-star defensive end out of Putnam City High School and ranked the 48th best player in the country by ESPN. Tatum redshirted in 2018 for the Sooners. While OU’s defense hasn’t been its strong suit of late, new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch, who comes to Norman after a brief stint at Ohio State, which was preceded by an impressive tenure at Washington State under Mike Leach.

Tatum could’ve made a big impact at a position of need for the Sooners moving forward. OU only had 29 sacks in 14 games last season, which ranked tied for fifth in the Big 12 Conference.

Tatum is an Oklahoma City native and his final four schools coming out of high school were OU, Texas, Alabama and Arkansas. It seems unlikely OU will let him transfer to their biggest rival, while Alabama never has much of a need at his position. So Tatum’s eventual location will be one to keep an eye on, and especially interesting to see how the program handles it and what options they allow Tatum to explore.

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