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Five-star Laremy Tunsil talks Bama visit

6/8/2012
Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil said Tuscaloosa reminded him of his hometown in Florida. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

The new ESPN 150 rankings came out Wednesday, and the University of Alabama has a chance to land the top three recruits in the 2013 class.

Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has already thought about the chance to suit up with both the No. 1 player Robert Nkemdiche and the No. 2 player Reuben Foster as a part of the Crimson Tide.

“I had a dream about that, where all of us sign,” Tunsil said. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s another national championship right there.’ ”

The Lake City, Fla., native visited Tuscaloosa for the first time this week, and he came away impressed with everything after taking a full tour of the school and the football program.

“I did a lot of things,” Tunsil said. “I got shown around the campus, saw the dorms, saw the study hall, saw the dining room, saw the stadium, saw the locker room and even the game-day locker room. Everything stood out.”

Even the city of Tuscaloosa itself reminded Tunsil of his hometown in Florida.

"It’s a small town, but it’s just like Lake City,” he said. “There’s a lot of things to do. It was pretty cool.”

During his visit, Alabama was holding its first prospect camp of the summer with recruits from all over the country. Tunsil wasn’t planning to work out, but he couldn’t shy away from a little competition as he participated in one of the sessions.

It gave him the opportunity to work one-on-one with UA offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland.

“It was pretty good,” Tunsil said. “I took away a lot of things from Coach Stoutland, how he coaches and the intensity of his workouts. He reminded me of an old coach I had that’s at Miami of Ohio right now. When they explain something, they have to show me and all that.”

Tunsil spent most of his time getting to know Stoutland, but he also met with Nick Saban in his office on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound lineman has met with college coaches from all over, but he was still a bit nervous around the Tide’s head coach.

“He just told me the usual, ‘We need you, you’ll fit in great down here,’ because they’ve got a great offensive line program down there,” Tunsil said. “I was still nervous, though. They call him the big guy.”

After wrapping up the visit, Tunsil has Alabama among his top schools along with Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and USC. He wants to come back in the fall for the Auburn game and also expects to take one of his official visits to Tuscaloosa after the season.

As of now, his other four official visits will be to LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss and USC. Next week, he’s visiting Georgia.

Tunsil plans to wait until national signing day before making a decision.