- Greg Ostendorf, SEC reporter
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The University of Alabama's 2013 recruiting class is starting to fill up. When Jacksonville, Fla., defensive end DeMarcus Walker committed to the Crimson Tide on Thursday, it gave them a total of 19 commitments, including eight ranked in the ESPN 150.
Still, there are some big names left on the board as Alabama looks to finish strong and pull in the No. 1 class for the second consecutive year.
OT Laremy Tunsil: Lake City, Fla./Columbia
Alabama already has three offensive line commitments in the class, but the staff is still looking for the ever-important left tackle to anchor the line and protect the quarterback's blindside in the future. It doesn't get any better than Tunsil. The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle is the top player at his position and ranked No. 3 overall. The Florida native visited Tuscaloosa during the summer, and he expects to make a return trip for his official visit this fall. He also plans to take official visits to Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and USC. At this point, it looks like a battle between the Bulldogs and the Tide, but Florida might make a push as well. Tunsil wants to wait until signing day to announce his decision.
Other options: Kenneth Santa Marina, David Knevel
Alabama might haul in the nation's top class for the second year in a row if the Tide can land a couple more top talents