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4-star two-way athlete Dillon Tatum puts Michigan and Michigan State football in top 10

MHSAA football: Oak Park vs. West Bloomfield – September 18, 2020

West Bloomfield’s Dillon Tatum (5) tries to break a tackle by Oak Park’s Darnell Boone (24) during their high school football game at Oak Park High School in Oak Park,

One of the state’s top 2022 high school football recruits has already narrowed his list of preferred future programs to 10, with Michigan and Michigan State making the cut.

West Bloomfield two-way standout Dillon Tatum posted his top 10 just after noon on New Year’s Day, revealing a list of Power Five schools. Joining Michigan and Michigan State in Tatum’s top 10 are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Penn State, Nebraska, Georgia, Baylor and USC.

Tatum (5-10, 185) was listed as a running back for most of his high school career, but recently started getting listed as an athlete due to his continued development as a defensive back. The 247Sports composite and the Rivals ratings each list Tatum as a four-star athlete. ESPN lists him as a four-star running back. He currently has over 30 offers.

The 247Sports composite lists Tatm the 246th overall player in the nation’s 2022 class and the No. 12 athlete in the country. He is also listed as the state’s No. 5 overall recruit.

Michigan recently signed West Bloomfield’s 2021 four-star running back Donovan Edwards during the early signing period. Michigan also has a pair of freshman from West Bloomfield in defensive back Makari Paige and linebacker Cornell Wheeler. Michigan State also has West Bloomfield ties with sophomore wide receiver Tre Mosley.

Still in the midst of his junior year for the 8-1 Lakers, Tatum has 2 interceptions, 2 sacks, 4 tackles for a loss, 5 pass deflections and 33 tackles. On offense, he split time with Edwards at running back and has 425 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. He also has 127 yards receiving while averaging 25 yards per kick return.

“I think I’m an athlete,” Tatum told MLive back in May. “I think I can do anything the coach wants me to do. I’m just very competitive and I’m a leader at the same time. I just take that to heart, like when some someone says they’re faster than me, it’s a goal for me to beat them. I’m just really competitive and I have a lot of pride for it.”

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