Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil will be taking his first official visit coming up in a few weeks, and of course, the honor of hosting him will go to Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide program.
According to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com, Tunsil will be taking his official visit to watch the Tide take on Texas A&M:
Laremy Tunsil is one of the biggest names still available in the country and he's been very tight-lipped about where he's leaning. But he confirmed this week that he'll be taking his first official visit on Nov. 10, when Alabama hosts Texas A&M. That is lining up as a huge visit weekend for The Tide, with commits Derek Henry and DeMarcus Walker expected to attend as well. The trio is reportedly close, and it's no surprise that they'll all be in Tuscaloosa on the same weekend.
It's almost unfair considering how many great recruits Saban already has lined up for his 2013 class—almost being the key word in that thought—but the fact that the Tide have a shot at Tunsil just goes to show you how good of a recruiter Saban is, and just how big of a draw Alabama is for elite recruits.
Tunsil is easily one of the biggest, if not the biggest, uncommitted recruits in the class of 2013, and considering his skill set and size at 6'6'', 295 pounds, he's going to be a huge recruiting win for whichever program that can get his commitment.
What are the odds that Alabama can get a commit from the five-star offensive tackle during his official visit?
They are certainly heightened considering that Wommack is reporting that Tunsil's friends, Alabama five-star running back commit Derrick Henry and four-star defensive end commit DeMarcus Walker, will also be at the game.
Friends can play a huge roll in the commitment process, especially if they all bond over the thought of playing for a program, so the Tide should get a pretty big boost for Tunsil just because of Henry and Walker alone.
That said, Tunsil has already waited this long, and my impression is that he's willing to be patient and truly take all the time he needs to make this huge, life-altering decision. We often forget that picking a college is so much more than just a football decision for recruits, and it's not one that needs to be rushed into.
With other programs like Georgia, Florida and Florida State also high on Tunsil's list, according to 247Sports, Tunsil will most likely want to continue to wait it out and keep his options open. He doesn't appear to be taking the emotional decision route, and committing on an official visit would certainly be an emotional decision.
Alabama may have the best chance at getting a commit from the five-star offensive tackle when all is said and done, but even with the added advantages of his friends being at the game, I believe the odds are fairly low that we will see him commit to the Crimson Tide during his official visit.