Five-star offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil is massive man of few words.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder doesn’t give much away when he discusses his recruitment, which has been surprisingly quiet for a consensus top 10 overall recruit.
But after taking trips to Alabama, Georgia and Florida in the first half of June, Tunsil named those three schools as the front-runners following his visit to Gainesville Sunday.
“I’d say they’re my top three. It’s a tie right now with all of them,” said Tunsil, who previously had Florida State, LSU and Oklahoma included in his leaderboard.
Tunsil took his first trip to Tuscaloosa on June 6 and said Alabama has the best facilities he’s seen. He then made his second visit of the recruiting process to Georgia on June 15 and said the Bulldogs’ playbook best suits him because he will be pulling as their lead blocker.
“I loved Georgia. It was real nice,” Tunsil said. “I like everything about Georgia. They told me they need me, but I think the coaches are real amazing, real laid back.”
The Lake City Columbia product naturally favors Florida’s closeness to home, and although he’s yet to build a strong relationship with offensive line coach Tim Davis and offensive coordinator Brent Pease, he said the Gators are recruiting him the hardest.
“It went pretty good,” Tunsil said of his visit to UF. “They showed me a lot of things. I talked to Tim Davis a lot and talked to Will Muschamp, and they told me they need me.”
What did his mom think of the latest trip to Florida?
“She liked it,” Tunsil replied, “but she really liked Georgia a lot.”
Tunsil called UF and UGA his top two teams in February, and it appears that’s still the case. He said Sunday the Gators and Bulldogs have the most appealing depth chart, and he doesn’t care that they both signed five-star left tackles (Florida’s D.J. Humphries and Georgia’s John Theus) last year.
“I don’t worry about it at all,” he said. “Competition is my main thing, I love it.”
Tunsil will still take official visits to Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss and USC, adding that he can “go to Florida anytime.”
After maintaining for months that he would make his commitment on National Signing Day, Tunsil revealed he may decide sooner.
“I might commit early,” he said. “Like end of the season probably. (Coaches) told me it was going to get crazy and so I believe them.”