Ole Miss' quarterbacks just got a lot safer.
Laremy Tunsil, the top-ranked offensive tackle in the country, has officially signed with the Rebels:
6-foot-6, 295-pound Laremy Tunsil, No. 1 OT in the class of 2013, has joined No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche and committed to Ole Miss. #NSD2/6/2013, 2:36:47 PM
No matter whom you ask, the big 6'6", 295-pounder out of Lake City, Fla., was one of the most highly sought-after prospects of the 2013 class.
In addition to being the No. 1 offensive tackle, Tunsil, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, is rated as the fourth-best prospect in the entire nation and second-best recruit coming out of Florida this year.
It's not difficult to see why he brings along such accolades (via ESPN's scouting report):
His strength at this stage is as a pass blocker and he demonstrates the tools to be able to be a shutdown pass protector at left tackle. He possesses a fine combination of good feet and arm length. He has good, quick hands and can deliver a good punch and stay busy with defenders and re-route them with his hands. Displays the ability to play with good bend and slide his feet, though he could still improve his pad level at times. He can kick back well to the deep set point, maintain balance and weight on his post foot, react to change in direction and he rarely gets caught out of position.
And those are just a few of the drooling comments regarding the talented tackle.
He's clearly a large human being at 6'6", and while he could still serve to add some strength, he runs a splendid 5.12 40-yard dash. That's the combination of size and quickness that coaches are usually willing to fight over.
Which they most certainly did.
Before making his final decision, Tunsil received offers from several elite college football programs from all over the country. And deservedly so.
It's unclear how quickly Tunsil will make an impact at the collegiate level. He has the unique tools to step in at the all-important left tackle position, and while he looks ready to thrive in pass protection, he's still fairly raw in the run-blocking game.
It wouldn't be surprising if it took him a little time to adjust.
Nevertheless, Tunsil is a rare talent and the mesosphere is his limit. Those who rely on the big boys to protect them on a daily basis will welcome him with open arms.