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OU football: Former Sooner Ron Tatum III commits to UTSA

Former Sooner Ron Tatum III has played his way back to the Division I level. 

On Thursday, the Rivals four-star prospect announced on Twitter his commitment to the University of Texas at San Antonio. 

“I want to thank my entire family,” Tatum wrote. “And especially my dad and mom for staying with me and believing in me through this challenging journey.”

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end spent a year at Oklahoma before transferring to Northeastern Oklahoma A&M last spring. As a Golden Norsemen, Tatum recorded 25 tackles (19 solo) in seven games played.

Tatum is known for being Lincoln Riley’s first commitment as the head coach of Oklahoma.

He played his prep years at Kingfisher, Putnam North and Putnam City. In his senior year, Tatum became a 2017 U.S. Army All-American and was named to The Oklahoman’s Super 30.

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Putnam City High School football player Ron Tatum III wears his Army All-American jersey after it was presented to him during a ceremony in the school's gym Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017.   Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

Putnam City High School football player Ron Tatum III wears his Army All-American jersey after it was presented to him during a ceremony in the school's gym Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman

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James Jackson

James D. Jackson joined The Oklahoman in January 2020 to cover high school sports. He a University of Central Oklahoma graduate. During his time at UCO, James served as a sports reporter and Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper, The Vista.... Read more ›

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