Big time 5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has narrowed his list down to two finalists, and it's Georgia and Alabama that can consider themselves the lucky programs.
Thomas Goldkamp of 247Sports.com reports the news of Tunsil's top two:
The Lake City, Fla., standout said Alabama and Georgia are alone at the top with Florida dropping to a distant third.
"Right now, I'm going to have a Top 2," Tunsil said. "I'm going to have Georgia and Alabama."
Tunsil is an absolute beast at tackle, and he's going to be the staple of whichever program he chooses for years to come, or at least until the dream of the NFL comes calling.
He's 6'6'', 295 pounds but has the agility and speed of a much smaller athlete. He's great in pass protection, uses his legs well against the run, and is an excellent blocker in open space when it comes to pulling.
Some may consider Alabama the hands-down favorite for Tunsil, considering that they are the defending national champion, boast an elite head coach in Nick Saban and are the current No. 1 ranked team in the nation, but I wouldn't count the Georgia Bulldogs out of the equation.
Here's how they can win Tunsil over.
Goldkamp's article states that having a good relationship with a coach is important to him. He follows that statement up with this:
Right now, he said he's closest with the Georgia staff.
"I mean, they get after it but they joke around, too," he said of the Bulldogs. "That's what I like."
Sometimes people underestimate how important a coaching staff's connection with their players can be to the overall makeup of the team. Some coaches might feel that being detached from the team is the smarter way to go, but that's more of a professional outlook that would work in the NFL.
In college, having that family feel is important, and it all starts with how the coaching staff relates to their players.
Respect is key in the coach-player relationship, but often times the line between playing for a coach out of respect or out of the fear of getting in trouble can be blurred. Players, especially high school and college kids, will respect a coach that communicates with them, tries to understand where the are coming from, and pushes them to their limits because he wants to see them not only become better football players, but better people.
This in turn creates a family-like atmosphere between not just the players themselves, but between the coach and the players. A team that feels like family will play harder, respond to adversity better and learn much more about the game of football and life.
If this is something Tunsil feels the Bulldogs can offer, based off his earlier quotes, this should give them the edge.
If the Bulldogs can keep up great communication with Tunsil and prove to him that the Georgia Bulldgos are more than a team, but that they are a family, they should have a great shot of getting him to commit.