November 4, 2011

Tunsil biding his time



Lake City, (Fla.) offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is one of only two targets Georgia has offered in the 2013 class at his position.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound junior is projected to be a top tier offensive linemen in the country for 2013, and said he is "hearing from pretty much everybody" right now.

After receiving his UGA offer early in the process, Tunsil said contact with the staff has been light.

"Georgia contacts me a little bit. Not much," Tunsil said. "They'll send me mail, that's about it."

Tunsil's offer list currently consists of Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, South Florida, Southern Cal, and most recently, Purdue.

He said that coaches are mostly telling him how excited they are about him, but his peers can be more direct in their recruiting attempts.

Georgia commit and Yulee standout Derrick Henry said in an interview with UGASports.com last Friday that he has been working on Tunsil, trying to get the big man to come and block for him on Saturdays in Sanford."Oh yeah, he's trying," Tunsil said. "He's like, come to Georgia with me and stuff. He doesn't tell me why, he's just like, 'hey man, come with me.'"

One place that is easy to convince Tunsil to go is the basketball court. He said that he plays in season and sometimes will play on a travel team. He attributes his good footwork and hips to being a two-sport athlete, but there is no doubt in his mind which one is his priority.

"I love football. There's just a passion you have to have for football," Tunsil said. "And when you love football, you can't let it go."

Tunsil was able to watch the sport he loves at a couple different venues this year, catching the Florida State-Oklahoma and Florida-Alabama games. He said both were great experiences, and while taking it all in, he said he found himself thinking ahead.

"For a moment I did. I was like, I could see myself playing here in this," Tunsil said. "It was hype, loud; that's what you need."

When asked about his schedule leading up to his senior year between juggling football and basketball, Tunsil said he might try going to some camps in the summer, particularly heading back to his hometown and checking out LSU.

In regard to setting the timeline on cutting down his list, Tunsil recognized the positive in narrowing his focus, but said he is opting to put it off for the time being.

"I need to start doing that now, actually," Tunsil said. "But I don't know when I'm going to do that. Probably my senior year."

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