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Wednesday, January 2, 2013
No. 1 OT Tunsil talks recruiting

By William Wilkerson

SAN ANTONIO -- The recruitment of five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) is pretty cut-and-dried at this point.

Alabama, Georgia, Florida State and Ole Miss are the schools in contention for the No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 4 overall prospect in the ESPN 150.

Each school will get an official visit and then wait anxiously for his planned decision on signing day.

Tunsil (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) will take his official to Alabama on Jan. 11, followed up with a trip to Georgia on Jan. 18, then to Ole Miss on Jan. 25 and will take his final visit to Florida State on Feb. 1.

That last trip to Florida State comes five days before signing day, which could be viewed as a leg up for the Seminoles. But the order in which he’s taking these visits really just happened because those are the dates each particular school asked him to come in.

“I mean the coaches just called me and told me this is the date that they wanted me to come down,” Tunsil said. “I really didn’t plan them.”

Since last summer Tunsil has maintained that Georgia and Alabama have the inside track for his commitment. The consensus is that has not changed, according to what he told DawgNation’s Kipp Adams last month.

“Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss are on top, with Florida State next,” Tunsil said to Adams. "At Alabama and UGA I like the relationship I have with the coaches and their playbook. At Ole Miss they are building something new and I would be a part of making an instant impact with the good players they have coming in. With Florida State the relationship I have with Coach (Rick) Trickett is very important.”

It’s easy to see why Tunsil is so highly regarded. He’s played like the No. 1 tackle in the country through two days of practice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, showcasing wide array of skills keep defensive ends away from the quarterback.