Laremy Tunsil: Why Ole Miss Has Edge to Land 5-Star OT

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 5, 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

Five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is one of the top names among the undecided recruits as we look ahead to national signing day on Wednesday.

Once thought to be leaning toward Georgia, the Florida native now appears to have his eyes on Ole Miss, which has surprisingly become a big player down the stretch this recruiting season.

Of course, there's also defending champion Alabama.

But Hugh Freeze and the Rebels appear to have the edge.

A lot has happened since Tunsil's visit to Ole Miss on Jan. 25. ESPN switched its prediction from Georgia to Ole Miss. changed Tunsil's interest level to "warmer." Rusty Mansell, who covers Georgia for, said Tunsil was leaning toward Ole Miss, per the Clarion-Ledger. A source told the Clarion-Ledger that "there is legitimate buzz" connecting Tunsil to Ole Miss.

Freeze's recruiting power has undoubtedly come into play. Ole Miss has already landed 5-star receiver Laquon Treadwell and seven 4-star recruits, posting the No. 11 overall class, per The No. 1 overall recruit, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche, is also thought to be in play, considering his brother, Denzel, has become a star at the university.

What appears to be happening is a domino effect. While Ole Miss may not have been seriously considered by players like Tunsil and Nkemdiche before the offseason, the fact that Freeze has landed several high-profile recruits means he's doing something right. If Tunsil and Nkemdiche both think the other is headed to Oxford, they're probably imagining what they could do together, on opposite sides of the ball.

It seems to all be coming together for the Rebels. While having too much star power at one position sometimes sways recruits from the school, Nkemdiche and Tunsil are on completely opposite sides of the ball. They could dominate for Ole Miss and not get in each other's way.

Nkemdiche is scheduled to announce on ESPNU at 9:35 a.m. ET on Wednesday. Tunsil announces exactly two hours later. If Nkemdiche chooses Ole Miss, perhaps that will be all the assurance Tunsil needs to join the Rebels.

Don't be surprised if Ole Miss hauls in Tunsil and Nkemdiche on national signing day.


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