Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Countdown to NSD - 22 days

The biggest fish to land for Richt and staff is definitely Laremy Tunsil. Some of you can get your panties in a wad about a couple other 5-star prima donnas that like a new team every day, but here are the facts:
  1. Laremy Tunsil is the biggest, baddest offensive lineman in the class, and
  2. Historically Richt has sucked left hind teat at getting good o-linemen
Laremy Tunsil, Columbia HS in Lake City, Fla
Did grabbing Theus last season turn the tide in this area? I don't know, but it didn't hurt. However, the o-line recruiting, depth and development has plagued this program for years. A young line really made great strides last season though and grabbing Tunsil would be yet another huge step in a positive direction. He's got the size and talent to compete for playing time right away. At 6'6" and around 300 lbs he really just needs a collegiate training program to grow into the optimal size for a dominant SEC lineman. At some point in the 2013 season you could very well see him starting as the opposite bookend to Theus.

Of course, signing several more guys to compete for o-line spots wouldn't hurt either. Currently the Dawgs have a few other commitments for the offensive line - Josh Cardiello (Buford, early enrollee), Alden Bynum (Valdosta - Valwood, early enrollee) and Brandon Kublanow (Marietta, Walton HS). So this already stands to be a good o-line haul for Richt's staff. Cardiello projects as a guard or center, but likely trains to take over David Andrews' center spot eventually; Bynum has the height for tackle but will need to add some bulk; and Kublanow is going to be a nasty, ill-tempered guard. That's a good start, can it be great finish come February 6th?

Back to Tunsil, he just made his visit to Alabama ($) and is scheduled to get to Athens for his official there this weekend. However, the Georgia coaches aren't waiting; Bobo, Friend and Lily will visit Tunsil today for some extra face time. It has long been rumored that Tunsil is a silent commitment to Georgia. But that's no reason to rest on this kid. The chief competition is Bama and there's a host of others waiting in the wings. It appears that Tunsil is ours to lose. That can't happen.

Here's a good video to give you both some highlights of his play on the field and some insight into the person that Laremy is:

So the kid likes our food and loves to pull downfield and crush smaller defensive backs. Sounds like a perfect match for the Bulldogs.