One thing seems for certain: Laremy Tunsil is staying in the South. Where exactly the prototypical offensive tackle prospect will go to college, though, remains a mystery. Our Chad Simmons gives you the scoop on Tunsil's skills, recruitment and more.
Get to know him
High school: Columbia HS - South (Lake City, Fla.)
Rating: (No. 1 overall OT)
Biggest strength: Body length and quick feet
Area for improvement: Developing physically
NFL player he reminds us of: D'Brickashaw Ferguson of the New York Jets is the offensive tackle that Tunsil looks like and at times, plays like. Tunsil is long and athletic like Ferguson and while both can pass protect, both can pull and run block on the second level.
Q: Tunsil seems like one of the hardest of the top recruits to figure out exactly where he’ll end up. Alabama and Georgia seemed to be the favorites, but he's recently added a third school to his list of finalists. What's the latest on his recruitment?
Simmons: Ole Miss had him on their campus this past weekend and they impressed the top Sunshine State prospect. Coming off that visit, he canceled his scheduled visit to Florida State for this weekend, and he is now down to Alabama, Georgia, and Ole Miss. He had been calling Alabama and Georgia his leaders, but he now says all three finalists are equal.
Q: What school do you see him choosing?
Simmons: This is a tough call and it could change as we move closer to Signing Day, but I still see Georgia as the school with a slight edge at this time.
Q: He’s Scout’s top-rated offensive line prospect. What makes him the best of 2013?
Simmons: It is hard to find many flaws in Tunsil’s game. Sure, he still has some developing to do physically and he can improve on sustaining his blocks, but not many guys at his size can move, bend, and react the way he does. He has great length, he has good punch, he can play on that island at left tackle, and he has all the tools you look for in an elite offensive tackle. He is simply a big athlete.
Q: Does he have a shot to get on the field as a freshman?
Simmons: There is no doubt that he will play as a freshman barring injury. Tunsil just brings too much to the table. It is hard to imagine him not being in the rotation early on once he begins to understand the blocking scheme and the playbook.
Q: We’ve seen the importance of a dominant offensive line in Alabama’s recent run of success. Is there any reason to think his game won’t fit the mold and make him a college star?
Simmons: No. I once thought of him more as a finesse offensive lineman, but after seeing him practice in the spring, watching him play live this fall, seeing the toughness in him and more of that finisher mentality, I truly believe he will be a special one on the next level. Tunsil can be as good and as dominant as he wants to be.
In his own words
"I’ve been saying this since my sophomore year, it’s the relationship (with the coaches) and the environment (that will be the deciding factor in my commitment)." -- Jan. 15