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Former Fresno State defensive lineman Leevel Tatum III transferring to Arizona

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Jedd Fisch’s head-first dive into the NCAA transfer portal has produced yet another addition to his first Arizona team.

Leevel Tatum III, a defensive end who spent the past four years at Fresno State, confirmed to Arizona Desert Swarm on Thursday that he is transferring to the UA for his final season.

The 6-foot-1, 259-pound Tatum appeared in 27 games for Fresno including five in 2020, with one start coming during the 2019 season. He began his career at UNLV, redshirting in 2016 before transferring to Fresno, where he compiled 20 tackles (two for loss), 1.5 sacks and an interception.

The Las Vegas native is the 11th player Fisch and his staff have added from the transfer portal and third this month. On Wednesday it got a commitment from ex-Vanderbilt linebacker Kenny Hebert, and earlier in May former Wisconsin linebacker Malik Reed committed to the UA.

Arizona’s remaining newcomers, including transfers as well as high school and junior college signees, are expected to arrive on campus on June 7.