Laremy Tunsil: Which SEC Power Benefits Most from 5-Star's Decision to Wait?

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIOctober 11, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is apparently feeling very patient in regards to making a decision on where he will play college football, and that's a good thing because National Signing Day is still a long ways away.

Rusty Mansell of 247Sports is reporting that Tunsil wants to wait until National Signing Day, but that he does have two favorites:

Tunsil is in no hurry and again told 247Sports on Monday night that he will take his recruitment all the way to Signing Day.

In the meantime, two schools continue to stand out.

“I guess I can see myself playing at Georgia and Alabama," Tunsil said, "and that relationship with all the coaches, and I feel comfortable there."

Patience is often a virtue, and in the case of Tunsil he obviously feels that it's best for him to take his time when making this big decision in his life. It's a smart move when you think about it. Often times recruits can make emotional and knee-jerk reaction decisions depending on visits, or even on how a team is doing on the field. By waiting until Signing Day to commit, Tunsil is affording himself time to think, to weigh his options and maybe most importantly—to visit other programs.

Mansell does report that Tunsil wants to take visits to Georgia and Alabama obviously, but he also wants to check out LSU, Oregon and USC.

With all this time left between now and when he will decide, and with visits to three other outlier schools potentially happening, which of his two favorites will benefit from Tunil's decision to wait?

Georgia has to be feeling pretty good about their long-term chances with Tunsil.

The advantage they'll have is that out of all the schools, they are the closest to the 5-star OT. Georgia is just a state up from Florida—as is Alabama but Athens is about two hours closer to Tunsil's hometown than Tuscaloosa is—and having more time to recruit him, more time for him to want to take an unofficial visit or two, and more time to prove that they are building a National Championship-caliber program will only help the Bulldogs.

Proximity plus time equals a very good equation for the Bulldogs.

This also gives Georgia more time to emphasize the point that playing even just a few hours closer to home would be the ideal situation, and that can be a huge plus for them, especially if Alabama keeps winning and ends up looking like the stronger football program.

If it came down to football, Alabama would be the right choice, and oftentimes quick recruiting decisions come down to just football.

That won't be the case with Tunsil though, and Georgia can definitely capitalize on the fact that he's willing to take time to look at the bigger picture.

Proximity plus time gives Georgia the advantage.

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