Alabama Football: Odds Crimson Tide Land 5-Star OL over Georgia and Florida

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2012

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Laremy Tunsil is wanted by nearly every major program in the country, but the unanimous 5-star recruit from Lake City, Fla., has narrowed his choices down to just three schools.

Naturally, the in-state Florida Gators have made an impression, but so have reigning national champion Alabama and SEC powerhouse Georgia.

Tunsil visited all three schools in the last two weeks and had this to say about the situation, per ESPN's Derek Tyson: "I would say they are my top three. It's a tie right now with all of them."

But the 6'6", 295-pounder had different things to say about each program, more specifically the things he likes most about each.

Florida made a heck of an impression on him in his latest visit, and he had this to say about the Gators (via Tyson): "It went pretty good. They showed me a lot of things. I talked to Tim Davis a lot and talked to Will Muschamp, and they told me they need me."

As for the Bulldogs, he said, "They have me pulling. Alabama doesn't really have me pulling. I really don't know about Florida. I haven't really talked to them about it yet."

It is well documented that Tunsil wants to use his athleticism to the best of his ability at the next level, and this gives a bit of an advantage to the Bulldogs.

But the three SEC schools have had varying success with elite offensive line prospects and offer different opportunities both immediately and for the future.

The Crimson Tide have routinely landed top classes since Nick Saban arrived in Tuscaloosa, and the program has won two national championships in the last three years and lost only six games in the last four years.

The 2009 NFL draft class was the first to include "Saban guys" from Alabama, and all he's done since then is help 24 Crimson Tide players hear their names called in Radio City Music Hall.

The Tide are not only perennial national championship contenders but are also arguably the best pro pipeline in the nation right now.

With Tunsil's combination of size and potential, thinking about an NFL future certainly has to factor into his decision along with things like the offensive playbook and his relationship with the coaches.

Alabama also has four offensive linemen already committed in the 2013 class, including one tackle—the 2012 class had only two offensive tackles overall.

The Gators have one 4-star offensive tackle committed in their 2013 class, and the Bulldogs have only one 3-star offensive tackle in their 2013 class.

Tunsil would be the crowning offensive line jewel for any program, as he is a unanimous choice as the top offensive lineman in the 2013 class.

In the end, this decision will come down to what Tunsil values most. The Tide and Saban are notorious for getting their way and can never be counted out of any recruiting battle (we've even seen them steal top prospects on national signing day when the fax machine is supposed to be buzzing).

Florida has the in-state advantage, and Georgia has the schematic advantage, but Alabama has the results advantage. 

Laremy Tunsil doesn't have a front-runner right now, but the Tide have as good a chance to land him as Florida or Georgia, albeit for vastly different reasons.


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