Gators make cut for Tatum

Marcus Tatum holds more than two dozen offers. (Photo by 247Sports)

Florida is in the running for a fast-rising offensive tackle from Daytona Beach Mainland.

Marcus Tatum announced his eight finalists Friday, and the Gators made the cut along with Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, N.C. State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Tatum is rated a three-star recruit but has an impressive list of offers, with some of the bigger ones coming in the last two months.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder visited UF in March, April and earlier this month for a summer camp session. At this time, his recruitment is considered a two-team battle between the Gators and Hurricanes.

Tatum has not released a timetable for his decision.