Prior to this past weekend, Laremy Tunsil was considered by many to be a Georgia lean. He enjoyed the attention he received from the staff during his official visit to campus the weekend of January 18, and it seemed as if the only competition Georgia would have for him down the stretch was Alabama. However, in recruiting, nothing makes a bigger impression than the last impression and, in the case of Tunsil and Ole Miss, it sounds like they did a helluva job convincing him that Georgia and Alabama aren’t the only SEC schools he can play for next season.
“I mean Ole Miss has been near the top, too,” Tunsil said. “But after I went down there, it made them go up a little bit. They are even with Georgia and Alabama. I like their tempo on offense. They think I could fit in with their tempo and I think I could, too.”
In December, Tunsil told Georgia early enrollee quarterback Brice Ramsey and current Georgia running back Todd Gurley on his Instagram account that he would be attending Georgia. Tunsil doesn’t deny that he said that, but does say things have changed.
“That was a long time ago,” he said. “I’m confused right now. I really don’t know what I’m going to do. I think it’s going to be like a last-minute thing, like when I wake up the morning of signing day, the first team on my mind is probably going to be the college I pick.” (Derek Tyson, ESPN)
Excuse me while I go lose my mind for a minute………………………okay, I’m back.
As my husband would say, ‘what the hell is goin’ on ’round here?’.
Look, I know it’s crunch time and schools are willing to beg, borrow, and steal to land a top-tier, uncommitted, prospect but I have to say this is a bit of a surprise. Tunsil went into his visit with the Rebels expecting nothing and came out of it essentially with them in a very favorable (some even swore he committed silently before he left campus).
Ole Miss is not only in the same boat as Alabama and Georgia, but they potentially have leap frogged one of the two—if not both.
Talk about your change of hearts.
Here’s my two cents: I still believe Laremy Tunsil will end up at Georgia. I won’t say I’m 100% sure about my prediction, but place me at about 80-85 % at the moment; the reason for that is I think he truly loves the staff at Georgia and relishes the opportunity to play with guys like Brice Ramsey and Tray Matthews; guys he’s known and stayed in close contact with throughout the recruiting cycle.
I don’t know what Ole Miss was selling over the weekend, but it’s clear that Hugh Freeze has made a lot of believers in Oxford and with the commitment of Robert Nkemdiche only a formality at this point, it won’t be long before the Rebels are right there with other programs in the west—i.e. Arkansas and Auburn—as far as recruiting goes.
But I digress.
For now, we’ll just have to see what a little time and distance from this past weekend will do for Tunsil’s “confused” status, but it’s certainly obvious the Rebels gave him something to think about.