In a state known for its speed, Florida has another high school prospect who can make an impact next year in a much different way. That player is Laremy Tunsil, a 6’6”, 295 pound offensive tackle that is considered to be the #1 prospect at his position, #2 overall in the state and the ninth best in the nation. He has narrowed down his choices to four schools, three of which are in the Southeastern Conference.
Tunsil is being recruited nationwide and has various offers. Two of those schools are in his home state of Florida: the Florida Gators and the Florida State Seminoles. The other two to round out his choices are the powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs.
Tunsil has the perfect size for his position and could be a guy to anchor any offensive line at that left tackle spot. A good thing about him is that at 295 pounds, he can still put on some muscle. What makes him even more impressive is how athletic he is. I have watched highlights of him sealing off ends with ease and even him pulling around on running plays. That is something that he doesn’t want to lose and if he can get stronger in college, he could be that franchise left tackle.
He has already made visits to Georgia and to Florida. From what he said, it sounds like right now Georgia has the edge, claiming they have better food and a better student section. You know Florida doesn’t want him to leave the state and their coach Will Muschamp is going to do everything he can to get him.
An official visit is coming up next month for Tunsil to go to Alabama. He has already talked to their head coach Nick Saban, who really played up the tradition and history of the Crimson Tide linemen. That could be a swaying point for Tunsil if he wants to play in the NFL. That visit is scheduled for Nov. 10.
This season for the Columbia Tigers, Tunsil has helped open up holes and protect the quarterback as they have compiled a 7-1 record. They have only two games remaining and are in line to win a conference title. It will be interesting to see what Columbia can do when they hit the playoffs. A state title could be icing on the cake to go with a full-ride to whichever school he chooses.
The comparison many are drawing for him is that of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, who attended Florida State and now plays for the New York Jets. Will he follow suit and attend there, or will someone else be able to snag this impressive catch? Either way, that is impressive comparison speaking Ferguson plays in the NFL and that is where Tunsil wants to end up.