310-pound offensive tackle recruit eyeing Bulldogs

Georgia already plugged a five-star rated freshman offensive tackle into its starting lineup this season.

Will Laremy Tunsil be next to jump aboard?

The prized prospect from Lake City, Fla., hasn’t said yet that he’s going to Georgia. The Bulldogs are in his top three along with Alabama and Ole Miss.

He’s also not taking anything for granted about being ready to step into a starting left tackle job right away if he does become a Bulldog.

“I’m probably going to need some work because the second game I’m going against (Jadeveon) Clowney,” Tunsil said.

That would be South Carolina’s star defensive end who has given Georgia fits the past two seasons. The Gamecocks visit Athens in the second week of the 2013 season.

If the recruiting analysts are correct, Tunsil could be up for the job of being a freshman starter in the SEC.

He’s a USA Today All-USA first-team selection and rated as the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle prospect by Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com.

“I can see myself making a big impact,” Tunsil said this past week in San Antonio, Texas, where he played Saturday in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in the Alamodome. Tunsil got sick during the week and saw limited action.

Georgia right tackle John Theus started every game as a freshman. Kenarious Gates started at left tackle this past season, but could slide back to guard to make room for the 6-foot-6, Tunsil who says he now weighs 310 pounds.

Southern California was the first school to offer Tunsil a scholarship. That was when he was a high school freshman. Georgia offered Tunsil when he was a sophomore.

“Ever since, I’ve been talking on the phone to all of the coaches,” he said. “It’s just a bond we’ve got together.”

Tunsil credits his development as an offensive tackle to going up against his former high school teammate, Timmy Jernigan, who just finished his sophomore season as a defensive tackle at Florida State.

Tunsil has visits scheduled the next three weekends to Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss.

“It’s like a toss-up,” said Tunsil, who expects to wait until signing day to announce his decision.

Brandon Kublanow, an offensive guard from Walton High, is already committed to Georgia. He was Tunsil’s teammate for U.S. Army game in Texas and likes his chances of being his teammate in Athens.

“It’s pretty favorable right now,” said Kublanow, who started in the game. “I really like the chances. We have a good relationship with us and the Georgia coaches. I know he likes it a lot up there, but I know he’ll take his time with his decision.”

Notes: Naim Mustafaa, from Alpharetta, is enrolling at Oklahoma State and won’t be part of Georgia’s recruiting class after all, he told DawgPost.com. Mustafaa is a four-star rated defensive end who committed to the Bulldogs last summer. Georgia viewed him as an outside linebacker, he said. … Camden County quarterback Brice Ramsey, who is joining the program this week as a mid-year enrollee, completed 5 of 16 passes for 64 yards with three interceptions in the Under Armour All-American game Friday night in St. Petersburg, Fla. Cornerback commitment Shaq Wiggins had two pass-breakups. Georgia tailback target Alvin Kamara, from Norcross, rushed for 51 yards on eight carries. Linebacker target Reuben Foster, a former Auburn commitment, had six tackles, including two for loss.

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