Lake City (FL) Columbia offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil may be the most sought-after lineman in the class of 2013; he's already ranked as a five-star to Rivals and 24/7, a four-star to Scout, and he's on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. The 6'6", 275-pound junior holds early offers from Michigan, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami (YTM), Notre Dame, Purdue, USF, and USC, while Texas and LSU are keeping a close eye on him. Tunsil has already taken visits to Florida and Georgia, but while it may be difficult to pry him from the grasp of the SEC, Michigan has positioned themselves well in his recruitment. Read on to find out his top five and more:
ACE: How is everything going with your recruitment? Which teams are showing you the most interest?
LAREMY: It's crazy, and a lot of them!
ACE: How do you handle the pressure and attention of being an early five-star recruit?
LAREMY: Take it one day at a time. I just keep working and getting better.
ACE: Who's your recruiting contact at U-M?
LAREMY: Coach Funk and Coach Montgomery.
ACE: Any early favorites right now? If you had to name a top five, who would be in there?
LAREMY: Michigan, LSU, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia.
ACE: Do you have any visits planned for junior days or camps during the offseason? Any places you'd be interested in checking out?
LAREMY: I'm not sure yet, but I have Michigan in mind!
ACE: What attributes about a school will factor in the most in your decision?
LAREMY: The coaches, academics, and tradition.
ACE: When do you think you'll make your decision?
LAREMY: Signing day. [To be clear, that would be 2013, not 2012. Laremy's got a few offers to sift through first.]
I was able to chat with Laremy Tunsil earlier this afternoon. He is currently the ranked 3rd in the country in the 2013 class and Michigan has offered him. Points of interest:
Michigan will be in his top five. What's interesting is that the rest of his five are all SEC schools. We are the only school north of Georgia that he's interested in. I feel like this oddly gives Michigan an advantage.
When asked if he'd like to play for Coach Hoke, his response was simply: HELL YEAH. He then followed by talking about how much he loved the direction the school was going in.
He feels like he has an easier time with the coaches at Michigan. He said they are the best to communicate with and the fact that Michigan has always put out top OLs is extremely attractive to him.
He "can't wait" to take his official visit, which will be as soon as he can possibly take it.
Take it for what it's worth.