The Ole Miss Rebels are looking to make a big push to end the 2013 recruiting cycle, and they may end up shocking the recruiting world with a huge "upset" commitment in the process.
Offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is the best tackle recruit in the class, and he projects to be elite right away. He's 6'6'', 295 pounds and runs a 5.12 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports.com. That's incredible speed for a player of his size, and his quickness combined with his strength is what makes him such a big-time, 5-star recruit.
Tunsil will be a major addition to whichever program he decides to commit to. For the longest stretch of time, it seemed as if his choice would be between two marquee SEC schools—Alabama and Georgia.
There have been times where he seemed like a Georgia lean, while Alabama should always be considered a favorite with elite recruits. However, one program has come out of nowhere and could be in great position to land the 5-star offensive tackle.
Tunsil took an official visit to Ole Miss last weekend. However, considering the time both 'Bama and Geogia spent atop his interest list, that seemed like more of a technicality than anything.
That said, apparently it was a visit that went very well. Check out this tweet from 247Sports.com national recruiting director JC Shurburtt:
Scott Kennedy of Scout.com tweeted out he's hearing Tunsil to Ole Mill is a done deal:
Don't know if this is out there already or not, but I'm hearing 5-Star OT Laremy Tunsil is a done deal to Ole Miss. mississippi.scout.com— Scott Kennedy (@ScoutKennedy) February 1, 2013
If Tunsil is indeed leaning toward Ole Miss right now, this would classify as a major upset win for the Rebels. They only recently entered this race and appeared to be an outlier school. Therefore, if Hugh Freeze can out-recruit Nick Saban and Mark Richt for the talented youngster, it would go down as a monumental recruiting win for the program.
We've known Ole Miss was riding a wave of momentum on the recruiting trail, but this would put its 2013 class on a whole different level. Ole Miss would instantly propel itself into the conversation with Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State and Notre Dame in regards to recruiting.
Landing Tunsil would be a gigantic statement for Ole Miss on the recruiting trail, and he would eventually be a huge part of them making just as big of a statement on the football field.
Don't be naive enough to count Georgia or Alabama out just yet, but at least for now, it appears as if Ole Miss could be the new favorite for Tunsil.