Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil projects to be a star at the college level, and there are not many recruiting analysts who would question that statement.
He's 6'6'', 295 pounds and is ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle recruit in the 2013 class according to the 247Sports Composite. He also runs a 5.12 40 (247Sports), so he possesses an elite combination of size and speed.
The questions surrounding Tunsil have nothing to do about his potential. The question everybody is wondering is: What's going on with his recruiting process?
Georgia and Alabama have generally been the two schools at the top of his interest list for a majority of his recruitment. Actually, for the longest time, it seemed like Tunsil's decision would come down to the Bulldogs or Crimson Tide.
That all drastically changed when arguably the hottest program in recruiting—Ole Miss—got involved.
Tunsil ended up taking an official visit to Ole Miss, and it was one that apparently went extremely well. So well in fact, that Tunsil was considered to be leaning toward Ole Miss, which was obviously huge news in the recruiting world.
Hugh Freeze and the Rebels have already landed one elite recruit in No. 1-overall receiver (247Sports Composite) Laquon Treadwell, and they're a favorite for No. 1-overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche and 5-star safety Tony Conner.
Throw Tunsil into the mix and Ole Miss has a chance to finish with one of the most impressive classes in the nation.
Nothing is final until national signing day, so this process isn't even near being done. We still have the rest of Monday, all of Tuesday and then the final hours on Wednesday for this process to shake up, so for all intents and purposes Georgia and Alabama are still in the running.
In fact, Tunsil admitted to being confused, according to a report via Kipp Adams of ESPN.com last week:
"That was a long time ago," he said. "I'm confused right now. I really don't know what I'm going to do. I think it's going to be like a last-minute thing, like when I wake up the morning of signing day, the first team on my mind is probably going to be the college I pick."
That should at least give Georgia and Alabama fans a glimmer of hope that their programs can pull off a last-minute comeback, but there's no doubting the fact that Ole Miss has made a huge impression on the elite recruit.
His visit with the Rebels really shook things up. It also shook up a few predictions. Mike Farrell of Rivals.com just recently changed his prediction on Tunsil from Georgia to Ole Miss, per Twitter:
Mike Farrell @rivalsmike
I have changed my prediction on Chris Jones and Laremy Tunsil to #OleMiss from #MississippiState and #UGA respectively2/2/2013, 10:24:23 PM
The tide is most obviously turning away from the Crimson Tide and Bulldogs, and the Rebels seem to be emerging as the favorite in the days and hours leading up to signing day.
This can change just as quickly as it did before, mind you, so don't get too comfortable just yet.
The road to national signing day is full of twists and turns and gets its craziest in the homestretch.
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