Nation's No. 1 Tackle Laremy Tunsil Adds to Historic Ole Miss Class

By Patrick Schmidt
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fl, Columbia), the nation’s top offensive tackle visited Ole Miss at the end of January along with a number of other highly ranked recruits and that was all it took for Hugh Freeze and his staff to move past Alabama and Georgia in the race for Tunsil who should step in and start as a true freshman.

Georgia had been rumored to be the favorite to land the 6-6 325-pound left tackle after he visited with the Mark Richt and the team in mid-January, but his time in Oxford, Ms and the sales pitch he received from Freeze was enough to move past the two-time defending champion Crimson Tide and Richt’s Bulldogs.

Tunsil will be penciled into the starting lineup as a true freshman, because of his blend of size, strength, athleticism and agility. He has quick and nimble feet, which you love to see from offensive lineman, especially on the blindside. Like most incoming recruits, he can use some coaching and refine his hand placement and general field awareness, but Tunsil has a frame and skill-set that talent evaluators at the next level are desperate to find.

The commitment of Tunsil gives the Rebels the best offensive lineman in this class to battle top recruit overall, Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga., Grayson) every day in practice and will make each player better as a result. If the first three years on campus go according to plan for Tunsil, he could be an early entrant into the NFL draft after his junior season.

Rebel nation is certainly happy to get the mammoth tackle, but the happiest fan to see Tunsil sign with the Rebels is quarterback Bo Wallace who should be a lot safer knowing Tunsil will have him blocking for him the next couple seasons.

Gotta give credit to Freeze for his approach on the recruiting trail and competing with elite teams such as Georgia and Alabama and that certainly bodes well for the on-the-field product in 2013 and beyond.

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