October 27, 2012

Status quo for Tunsil

LAKE CITY, Fla. - One quick look at Columbia (Lake City, Fla.) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil's film, and it is clear that he is one of the top offensive linemen in the country.

One short look at the 6-foot-6, 295 pound lineman in person, and it all but solidifies him as the top offensive line prospect in the land.

On Friday Tunsil's Tigers (7-1) faced off against Orange Park (2-6) and came out on top by the score of 21-0.

It was a dominating performance for both Columbia High School and Tunsil, but according to the five-star prospect, it still left a lot to be desired.

"We made a lot of mistakes out here," said Tunsil. "We had some missed plays and fumbles. We looked great at times, but we have to get better."

Tunsil certainly lead by example on Friday with one dominant block after another, but there is one part of his role as a leader that he is looking to improve upon.

"I'm not a very vocal guy," he said. "That is something I hope to get better at. I want to be a more vocal leader."

As one of the most highly sought after recruits in the country, Tunsil's method of handling his recruitment should speak volumes to his teammate about his commitment to winning.

"No one is really getting a chance to recruit me or talk to me much right now," he said. "I'm just worried my team and winning a championship. I want us to be the best we can be. I'm not really calling any of those schools right now."

The Rivals100 lineman has stated on multiple occasions that Alabama and Georgia are on top for him, but in the world of recruiting, things can change in an instant.

That statement, however, doesn't necessarily apply in this case.

"Nothing has changed there. Those are still my top two schools," said Tunsil. "It's because I see them as powerhouse programs and they run pretty much the same scheme as my high school. I feel comfortable with it."

While he will not be taking a visit on Saturday, Tunsil says that he will be watching his two top teams play in huge conference games on television.

"I think Alabama is going to pull it out over Mississipi State," he said. "That Georgia game is going to be really close though. I really want to see Todd Gurley do something big in that game."

One of Tunsil's close friends is Yulee (Yulee, Fla.) athlete Derrick Henry, who was once committed to Georgia before decommitting and then pledging to Alabama.

Much has been made about Henry's influence on Tunsil's recruitment, and a lot of that chatter could be justified according to the Sunshine State prospect.

"You never know. I have to go where I feel comfortable," said Tunsil when asked about whether or not Henry would influence his decision. "I mean, yeah, he will definitely have a role in my decision."

Tunsil's connections to Alabama, however, aren't his only connections, as he has built a relationship with a couple of current Georgia players as well.

"I know their running backs, Gurley and (Keith) Marshall," said Tunsil. "They are really cool guys, and I could see my self playing with them."

A decision from the blue chip prospect won't come until signing day, but he does say that any rumors of a leader at this time or false.

"I can't put them in order," said Tunsil with a smile. "They are just my top two."