December 2, 2011

Fla. OT receives Alabama offer

The University of Alabama continued to make its presence felt in the Sunshine State when it extended a scholarship offer to 2013 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

Tunsil, a 6-foot-6, 275-pound lineman from Columbia, Fla., was told by his coaches at Lake City High School that he had an offer from the Crimson Tide.

"It feels amazing," Tunsil said. "Alabama stands out a lot to me. I like the way the offensive line blocks. I like run blocking, and it seems to me like they are a running team so I would fit in. I like knocking down people."

As a junior, Tunsil said he had close to 100 pancake blocks for a Lake City team that finished 8-4 this season.

"At this point in my career, he's the best offensive lineman that I've ever seen, just with his ability to bend at 6-6 like he does," Lake City head coach Brian Allen said. "He has great hands, footwork. He likes like an NFL defensive end because he's lean, trim, and he can move. He also has a long reach and extremely long arms.

"Once he's able to get out there in space, and there's a safety or an outside linebacker in the box, those kids don't have much of a chance. Also, in a lot of our sets when we have him coming off the ball, he's gotten a lot of pancakes."

Tunsil has offers from numerous BCS programs from across the country, but right now he has a top five of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia and LSU. The UA coaching staff is expected to stop by sometime this month.

The main factors Tunsil is looking at with his recruitment are the education and the relationship with the coaching staff.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.


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