June 19th, 2012 03:15pm

Tunsil visits Florida, names Top 3


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.

Tunsil is the No. 1 offensive tackle in the country. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi)

“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.”

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  1. June 19th, 2012 3:35 pm

    Would be literally a huge get, but I feel he’s on the wrong side of the cocktail party in the end.

    by VirginiaGator

  2. June 19th, 2012 3:49 pm

    I hear more love for the dawgs than the home team in this article. No bueno.

    by Lighty

  3. June 19th, 2012 5:12 pm

    Georgia: ‘I loved Georgia’; ‘I like everything about Georgia’. Florida: ‘It was pretty good’. Based on what Tunsil is quoted as saying, this kid is Georgia bound. This is a guy the Gaors really need if they are to beome a factor once again in the SEC.

    by emk

  4. June 19th, 2012 5:36 pm

    The most enthusiasm was for Ga. we got “it was pretty good” that’s something you say when you don’t want to hurt someones feelings. I don’t even look forward with any emotions on this one, my opinion is he’s gone across the state line. Whose next??? Go GATORS!!!!


  5. June 19th, 2012 6:02 pm

    Definitely Georgia bound, “The coaches at UGA are real laid back.” Translated: You can do whatever you want without accountability.
    Sounds like a good place to go if you don’t want to work hard.

    by Mark T.

  6. June 19th, 2012 6:03 pm

    Yes, he will be a great get but I don’t think he’s a make or break recruit. We got two top OL this year and we have three more for next year (four including Garcia). If all goes well, we could have four starting lineman coming back in 2013, all of which will have a ton of experience. We will lose Nixon next season and we’ll have Garcia, Green and Humphries to fight for that spot.

    by Homer J

  7. June 19th, 2012 6:30 pm

    I don’t understand how Georgia gets the recruits they do? They have repeatedly underachieved despite good recruiting. What does that say about their coaching staff? Somebody needs to tell this young man why the St. Johns flows north.

    by Fatback

  8. June 19th, 2012 6:30 pm

    Laid back? Giving a college kid the choke sign is laid back!! C’mon mane-
    Mrs tunsil- what if the coach was doing this at your kid?

    by Kyle

  9. June 19th, 2012 7:12 pm

    I really cant blame him all threee are good schools.Would be nice if we had local players for once.Kinda cool rooting a local kid like McGriff,Doering,Petorson,Bell,Jacksons,ect..Been some gems that werent ranked.

    by Sante Fe Gator

  10. June 19th, 2012 7:21 pm

    What was that about, I missed it, the whole choke sign thing that is.


  11. June 19th, 2012 8:10 pm

    Mark Richt must have laid hands on the mom when she was in Athens…..praise Jesus!

    by TampaGator

  12. June 19th, 2012 10:55 pm

    Grantham gave it to our Kicker (chas henry actually the punter but sturgis was hurt) before he hit game winner…


    by Kyle

  13. June 19th, 2012 10:57 pm

    he’ll probably end up at uga or alabama

    by Zino

  14. June 20th, 2012 12:57 am

    TampaGator, laid his hands on the Mom? What is that suppose to mean? Let’s keep it clean. As much as I hate Georgia Mark Richt is an outstanding human being. Praise Jesus!!!

    by TampaSteve

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  16. June 20th, 2012 8:29 am

    He says the depth chart isn’t an issue, but I don’t believe him, as earlier in the process he maintained that he wanted to be a left tackle. DJ Humphries will have that spot nailed down for the majority of Tunsil’s career, while Theus projects more to the right side, opening the spot for Tunsil.

    That being said, I would take DJH over Tunsil 7 days a week.

    by VirginiaGator

  17. June 20th, 2012 9:13 am

    Tunsil is the best left tackle prospect in the last three years. The problem is that the coaches at Florida feel they do not have to recruit Lake city Columbia kids as hard as others. How can WM personally recruit another offensive lineman in this class and not Tunsil.

    by GBREAKER1

  18. June 20th, 2012 10:04 am

    Thanks Kyle for the reminder.


  19. June 20th, 2012 12:43 pm

    What other OL is WM personally recruiting?

    by Gator N NC

  20. June 20th, 2012 1:13 pm

    I doubt lack of effort in recruiting this kid is a problem. For whatever reason, we have always had a hard time getting the Lake City kids. Doesn’t sound like we’re in great shape with Tunsil, either.

    by jeff

  21. June 20th, 2012 1:15 pm


    by GBREAKER1

  22. June 20th, 2012 2:09 pm

    @GBREAKER1, did you miss the part of this article where Tunsil says Florida is recruiting him the hardest? And yes, WM personally recruited Kublanow, who decided to stay close to home. You act like it makes him a bad recruiter or something because he missed on one kid.

    by VirginiaGator

  23. June 20th, 2012 2:45 pm

    This comment will probably bring the predictable howls of verbal abuse from all the ‘real’ Gators posting on this site. But, here is something to consider. We are dealing with guys who are 17-18 years old. For some but not all a resume matters. At present, WM’s resume consists of one year as head coach—nothing else as head coach. Some kids would rather go with the known then take a gamble with the unknown. That will change for these kids when (if) WM can win on the field. And, no, he is not a bad recruiter but may have problems with some kids.

    by emk

  24. June 20th, 2012 4:07 pm

    Every recruit is the best recruit in the pass X amount of years at their position. The same things were said from Powell, clowney, edwards to Nkemdiche. It’s anyone’s guess until they actually play. Four yrs from now DJH can be the #1 pick and tunsil a 4th rnd pick or vice verse. Do anyone remember Seantrel Henderson was a can’t miss LT prospect?

    I still believe tunsil end up being a gator, it’s not even July plenty of time for the gators to make up ground if they are trailing.


  25. June 20th, 2012 4:14 pm

    How about bringing in some guys from Texas? Thought we would see lots of that, not a one on the radar.

    by G2

  26. June 20th, 2012 4:44 pm

    Lets not get to deep into which coach is actually recruiting the kid, everyone of the kids should feel that they are special and only the Head Coach should approach me if they want me at their school. As the kid himself said FLORIDA recruited him the hardest. He should be evaluating the school, education, system and how it fits him, and where he thinks he fit in the system. Not on which coach is his vision of the program (the head coach may be the biggest liar of the bunch, NOT IN OUR PROGRAM). But do you get my point? One other point since you threw in the LAKE CITY COLUMBIA bit. Think back to the last LAKE CITY COLUMBIA ” I’ve been a GATOR all my life” athlete the coaches went all out to get and the results of that embarrassment. Don’t blame the coaches nor the student, let the kid make up his mind before you jump on WM and his staff. REMEMBER the kid said FLORIDA was recruiting him the hardest, the guys are doing their job. This is all up to the athlete.


  27. June 21st, 2012 12:36 am

    Continuing my point, Richt’s resume looks terrible. Despite consistently bringing in top talent, he has not been able to produce. A few trips to Atlanta over the past decade I’ll give. But it’s been while posting a decidedly loosing record to his rival in Jacksonville as they add multiple national championships to the trophy case. Why the kid would want to play for a coach on the annual hot seat, I just don’t get…..

    by emk

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  29. June 21st, 2012 7:55 am

    Dear Make-Believe EMK: (1) Perhaps you have not noticed but Richt is not on what you call the ‘hot seat’. Especilly after Georgia’s success last year and being an SEC-East favorite this year, (2) I hope it does not happen but WM will be on the ‘hot seat’ (your word) if he goes 6-6 (as predicted by Grady Ackerman) next season, (3) In typical Make-Believe EMK logic you describe Richt as both a poor coach and great recruiter, reality (and his record) proves that wrong. Keep up the good work Make-Believe EMK and best wishes, the real EMK

    by emk

  30. June 21st, 2012 9:23 am

    The point I was making is that the gators Do NOT actively REcruit the Lake CITY COLUMBIA kids AS hard as others the embarrassment is the fact that TIM JERNIGAN would be at UF if NOT for the WAY WM and coaches approached him ,as is the case with Laremy one parent his mom Loves the Gators and prefers them.BTW watch him for an entire game and then tell me he is afraid of competition.

    by GBREAKER1

  31. June 21st, 2012 9:38 am

    “Real” emk, I wish I could say you’re right, but Richt has typically underperformed with great talent. We should have won it all Stafford’s junior year, but somehow you guys took that one home! Richt may have had a good year last year, but if he has another year like most of us dawg fans usually expect from him, his time in Athens may be short.

    by Dog Fan

  32. June 21st, 2012 10:24 am

    I understand your point to some degree, two points I did not understand was “he way WM and coaches approached him” and “BTW watch him for an entire game and then tell me he is afraid of competition”. Please explain those two comments, I don’t recall posting anything about his competitiveness(1st) and what is your take on how the coaches approached him. Is it a matter of public record, because I don’t recall any adverse coverage of Mr. Jernigans recruitment. I’m not denying it, I’m just saying I don’t recall anything negative about his recruitment. I only remember them being HOT and HEAVY on this kid (JERNIGAN).
    NOW with JERNIGAN, I do remember(way back then) questioning his competitive spirit against the class of which he was with. Just explain the two points if you will, Thanks. GO GATORS!!!!


  33. June 21st, 2012 2:06 pm

    Tim wanted to play for Bryant Young and be a Gator only reason he did not is because WM does not Have the closer ability on his resume YET, and there was never a comfort zone reached betwween the HC and a lifelong Gator. 2nd point is about Laremy and those who say he is afraid of DJH/competition yes he will be a left tackle, and if you watch him play you will understand that he is a rare OT who can make blocks at the 2nd and 3rd level.WE can definitely use that on this team.

    by GBREAKER1

  34. June 21st, 2012 3:39 pm

    If he’s serious about his career, he’ll go to Bama. If Mom is looking for something in return, he needs to go elsewhere. Bama needs him to shore up the left tackle position, and you can bet CNS spoke to him about the position. But, that being said, CNS also told him he’d have to earn it, just like any other player that comes to UA.

    I have to admit, he’d look imposing in Crimson, White, and Crystal.


    by TD Bama

  35. June 21st, 2012 4:26 pm

    ‘Fatback’…needs to lay off those greens alittle bit…Ft Rucker, AL. says hi!!! GO DAWGS!!! Hooorah!!!

    UGA / ’74

    by StackedDeck

  36. June 21st, 2012 6:35 pm

    I dont think this recruit thought this trhough…..he could have gone to NEB and STARTED, no questions. why is it that many recruits just are concerned about the weather (warm), when if they get to the NFL, it may be very cold……I dont get it.

    by Ken McManaman

  37. June 21st, 2012 7:41 pm



  38. June 22nd, 2012 3:00 pm

    I agree with emk. Richt’s record is 3-8 against his main rival, Florida. They haven’t won an SEC championship in seven years. He was on the hot seat last season and year before – heck all preseason last year there were predictions that his job could be lost in the first 2 games. I’d say another second place finish in the SEC East puts him back on it. As far as recruits, I’m not sure they should see much stability in that program.

    by Caligator

  39. June 23rd, 2012 7:39 am

    Tunsils body language and comments had UGA written all over them. He beamed when the SmellDawgs came up. Who knows a few months down the road. He’s a teenager.

    by Darby

  40. June 25th, 2012 10:56 am

    All the Georgia talk will probably cool off after the season and after Mark Richt gets fired. Georgia never performs up to expectations and this season will cost him his job.

    by Mike

  41. June 27th, 2012 9:45 pm

    It’s a simple formula, to be successful, you have to be able to take care of your own turf. Alabama does it, LSU does it, why can’t Florida. Lake City is just up the interestate, and we can’t recruit our own back yard……..geez…what is WM doing down there??

    by bhamgator

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