Alabama Football Recruiting: Ole Miss Challenging for 5-Star OT Laremy Tunsil

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 30, 2013

Jan 5, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; East offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil (77) during U.S. Army All-American Bowl high school football game at the Alamodome. The East won 15-8. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

After Laremy Tunsil's official visit to Ole Miss over the weekend, it appears Alabama and Georgia have serious competition for the 5-star offensive tackle.

Tom Lugenbill of ESPN talked about Tunsil's visit with the Rebels on Monday, stating that the Florida native "came away feeling great about Ole Miss." ESPN also noted Tunsil feels "as confused as ever on who he will pick."

Tunsil, the No. 3 overall recruit and No. 1 offensive lineman, according to, has the height (6'6"), frame and length to hold his own in the SEC. His physical ability, combined with his exceptional footwork and quick hands, could make him a lockdown left tackle at the next level. It goes without saying that he would be a huge get for the program that lands him.

Alabama already has two 4-star offensive linemen in offensive tackle Leon Brown and guard Grant Hill to add to what has been a dominant line, but Tunsil would complete the picture. Combined with sophomore running back T.J. Yeldon and top 2013 recruit Derrick Henry, it's scary to think what the running game would look like when Tunsil gets his feet wet.

But not only is Georgia heavy competition for the Crimson Tide, but what Hugh Freeze has been able to do this recruiting season after only one year with the Rebels has been remarkable. Ole Miss had the No. 41 recruiting class of 2012 (via, but the program's class ranks No. 13 this year.

Freeze's ability to entice recruits such as defensive tackle Lavon Hooks, defensive end Elijah Daniel and receiver Laquon Treadwell to join the program shows that he's doing something right. No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche also appears to be leaning toward the Rebels, per In that regard, it wasn't exactly a surprise that Tunsil came away impressed after his official visit at Ole Miss.

What you have is a rising program in the SEC, both on and off the field. Alabama shouldn't be worried about the Rebels challenging them for the SEC title in the near future, but Freeze's impact at Ole Miss does make recruiting a bit more challenging for the Crimson Tide.


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