Monday, January 28, 2013
5-star Tunsil 'confused' after Ole Miss visit
By Derek Tyson
Five-star tackle Laremy Tunsil is scheduled to announce his decision on ESPNU on signing day, Feb. 6.
LAKE CITY, Fla. -- With Alabama and Georgia out in front by what seemed to be a considerable margin, five-star Columbia High School offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil thought he had things pretty much figured out. But after a weekend visit to Ole Miss, the fifth-ranked player in the country says he is now even more confused about where he stands in the recruiting process.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound athlete said Ole Miss surprised him with what they had to offer.
"Oh man, it surprised me a lot," Tunsil said with a smile on his face. "I didn't think they would have many things to show me, but it was real good. I didn't think their facilities were like that. They showed me all of that. I didn't think the program would change as fast as it has.
Tunsil, who was joined on his visit to Ole Miss by five-star defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and four-star wide receiver and Ole Miss commit Laquon Treadwell, said he enjoyed getting to know some of the other recruits.
"I didn't even know they were having all those big recruits coming in this weekend," Tunsil said. "We just hung out and got know each other. I had never met those guys before. We got to meet and get to know those guys and build a relationship because you never know what could happen."
By making a solid impression on the talented lineman, the Rebels have moved up with Georgia and Alabama at the top of his list.
"I mean Ole Miss has been near the top, too," Tunsil said. "But after I went down there, it made them go up a little bit. They are even with Georgia and Alabama. I like their tempo on offense. They think I could fit in with their tempo and I think I could, too."
In December, Tunsil told Georgia early enrollee quarterback Brice Ramsey and current Georgia running back Todd Gurley on his Instagram account that he would be attending Georgia. Tunsil doesn't deny that he said that, but does say things have changed.
"That was a long time ago," he said. "I'm confused right now. I really don't know what I'm going to do. I think it's going to be like a last-minute thing, like when I wake up the morning of signing day, the first team on my mind is probably going to be the college I pick."
Tunsil, who will receive in-home visits from Alabama on Monday, Georgia on Wednesday and Ole Miss on Thursday, said that no other teams are in contention for him and he has canceled a weekend visit to Florida State.
For Tunsil, he said the team he has the best relationship with will likely be the school he selects on national signing day.
"Like I've been saying since Day 1, it's all about the relationships," he said. "You've got to have the relationships and I feel like I do with each of the schools I'm looking at."
Tunsil will make his decision on ESPNU on Feb. 6 at about 9:30 a.m. ET.