Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is a big time college football recruit for the class of 2013, and he's got some major offers to mull over. Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Florida State are all near the top of Tunsil's interest list according to 247sports.
There's a good reason Tunsil is getting so much attention from these college football powerhouses—he's the real deal.
Tunsil is worth his five-star rating on his potential alone, but he's already bringing a high-level of talent to the table once he does enter the college level.
Here's my scouting report on Tunsil and a breakdown of his top interests:
The only way to start this is to talk about Tunsil's size. He's listed at 6'6'', 295 pounds by 247Sports, which is elite-level size for an NFL offensive linemen, let alone a senior coming out of high school.
Size is only so much though when it comes to linemen. You can be as big as a house, but if you can't move your feet, especially as an offensive tackle, you'll be a liability. Fortunately, Tunsil has great agility and athleticism for his size.
He's got a quick drop step, keeps his feet moving against the pass rush and is agile enough to move laterally or North and South. For being so tall, he gets good leverage as a run blocker and is deceivingly fast. He can be an impact player on the edge as a run blocker, or blocking at the second level against quicker linebackers.
Breakdown of Top Schools
The four schools that are really in play for Tunsil are SEC powerhouses Alabama, Georgia and Florida and then Florida State in the ACC. Here's how I would rank their chances.
It's tough not to like what the Bulldogs can offer Tunsil, and he would only have to travel one state up to play in Athens. Keep in mind, he's from Lake City, Fla.
The Bulldogs are building a young, talented team highlighted by freshman running backs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. Tunsil would have the opportunity to block for two big-time running backs and they could even use him in pulling situations, but Georgia isn't afraid to air the ball out as well.
He'd have the opportunity to show off his complete skill set at Georgia, and there are legitimate National Championship opportunities in their future.
Gainsville is just about an hour away from Tunsil's home, so he wouldn't have to travel far at all to play for the Gators and still be part of an SEC program. Will Muschamp is building the Gators back up to a National Championship contention level, and he's got a strong 2013 class coming in that will only help improve his team.
Five-star running back commit and Florida's all-time leading rusher, Kelvin Taylor, should also be a huge selling point for Florida. Taylor has a chance to be a superstar at the college level, and Tunsil could be one of the main reasons why.
Florida is on the up-and-up, but they aren't quite on the National Championship level of Georgia yet, which is why they come in at second on this list.
Alabama really can sell themselves, they just lose out on the proximity front here. Nick Saban is arguably the best coach in college football, and he generally boasts some of the best offensive lines and running backs in the game.
At his size, Tunsil would fit right in as a blocker for the likes of T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake. The fact that Alabama will always be in the National Championship picture should, and will, come into play for the Crimson Tide as well.
He would be utilized much more as a downhill blocker with 'Bama though, thus not being able to show off as much as his speed and agility.
Where will Tunsil end up?
4. Florida State
Having FSU fourth on this list isn't a knock on them at all. It just goes to show you how good their competition is. Jimbo Fisher's program is currently No. 3 in the AP Poll, and the Seminoles have legitimate National Championship aspirations. They are ranked eight in the country right now, rushing for 261.2 yards per game, so that's got to be a huge draw for a big-time offensive lineman like Tunsil.
The problem here is that Jimbo Fisher already has four offensive lineman verbally committed to his 2013 class. While none of them are on Tunsi's level, Fisher's roster is already packed with underclassmen on the offensive line. It's hard not to notice the crowded depth chart, and while that's a good thing for Florida State, it's not going to help them recruit Tunsil.