5-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil has had a top two of Georgia and Alabama for a while now, and while it still appears to be that way, there's reason to believe that the Bulldogs may have the upper hand—despite their loss to the Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship game.
According to Radi Nabulsi of ESPN Recruiting Nation, the 5-star recruit from Lake City, Florida was rooting for the Bulldogs to pull off the upset last weekend:
So who was he rooting for in the game?
“Georgia,” Tunsil said. “I really wanted Georgia to go [to the BCS title game] to see how they were going to do. It was pretty good game.”
Nabulsi also reports that Tunsil did go on to say that he believes Alabama will beat Notre Dame in the BCS Championship game (which is a good sign for Tide fans), but it's hard to ignore the fact that Tunsil was rooting for Georgia over Alabama.
Could this be a sign of things to come in regards to his commitment?
Frankly, we can never be sure in the world of college football recruiting, but without a doubt this has to be a troublesome quote for Alabama.
The fact that a recruit is rooting against your program, even if it's just because he's cheering for the other team, is not a good sign—especially if he's rooting for the team that you're competing with to land said recruit.
Recruiters and head coaches spend a ton of time hyping up their programs and getting recruits to buy into a school and a system, so the fact that Tunsil was hoping for Georgia to win has to be pretty devastating for Alabama.
Maybe it's just a naive comment from a high school senior with a ton of pressure and a big spotlight on him, or maybe he tipped his hand without knowing it.
Either way, Alabama can't be feeling to good about that statement.
Conversely, this is reason to celebrate if you're a Georgia fan, and considering the results of the game, you probably need a reason.
Even though Georgia lost the game, they may be gaining a huge recruiting win if their valiant effort in the loss to the Crimson Tide made a positive impact on Tunsil.
He's 6'6', 295 pounds and runs a 5.12 40 according to 247Sports, so he's very big and very quick. He's also considered to be the No. 1 offensive tackle recruit according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Tunsil is without a doubt one of the biggest names in this recruiting class, so being able to land him over a powerhouse like Alabama would be a signature win for Mark Richt and his program.
Worst case scenario for 'Bama: Tunsil won't be rooting for Georgia next year, he'll be playing for them.
That's enough reason to worry on its own.