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Ole Miss Rebels Could Lure Top OT Recruit Away From Alabama Crimson Tide

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The Alabama Crimson Tide looked to have locked up the top offensive tackle in the 2013 recruiting class but the Ole Miss Rebels may have made an impression on a recent visit.

Laremy Tunsil, a five-star recruit from Lake City, Florida, had his eyes set on Alabama but after checking out the Rebels program on Jan. 28, he may have changed his mind. Ole Miss seemed to have an outside chance before this past weekend as they were going up against the Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs. However, the fact that Tunsil clearly liked what he saw means the Rebels may have taken the edge.

Tunsil is ranked No. 14 on The Rival’s top 100, No. 5 on ESPN’s top 150 and No. 3 on 247sports’s top recruits. He is considered the top offensive lineman this year, and will clearly have a huge impact for whichever team is lucky enough to have him.

His 6-foot-6, 295-pound build mixed with fantastic footwork and exceptional hands means he could be a first-year starter at Ole Miss. That could be reason enough for Tunsil to sign with the Rebels on Feb. 6 when all recruits are expected to make their final decision on which school they will attend.

On the other hand, if he were to sign with the Crimson Tide it could mean multiple National Championships, something that every student certainly thinks about when visiting with a school. Alabama already has an impressive recruiting class stacked with offensive linemen. Not to mention, established sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon could be an early Heisman favorite, which is something that might entice Tunsil.

However, the Rebels have built a decent program over the years and they currently have the No. 13 ranked recruiting class in 2013. Not to mention, No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche looks to be leaning toward Ole Miss which would certainly convince other top recruits on the fence to fall the Rebels way. If Ole Miss does land Tunsil on National Signing Day, it would not hurt the Crimson Tide as much as people would think but it would do wonders for the Rebels football program.