Laremy Tunsil: Is This a Recruiting Violation? And, other OL Recruitment Thoughts
As was pointed out a few days ago, Georgia needs to bring in some talent to form depth along the offensive line. For Mark Richt and his staff the slogan should now be, “Beef: it’s what’s for dinner, midnight snack, breakfast, brunch, lunch and dessert.”
Who Is In?
Aulden Bynum and Josh Cardiello are both in Athens already. Both are enrolled and both are getting better. And, for what it’s worth, Aulden informed me via Twitter the other day that the 250 lb bench press max listed on Rivals.com was taken during his sophomore year of high school. I feel a little better knowing that. So, everybody go follow Aulden on Twitter, tell him I sent you and tell him to bench 800 by the Fall. Just kidding, I don’t want to hurt the guy. But seriously, player interaction is always welcome, and I’m glad to see a good kid working hard.
Again, go here to read about Aulden and Josh.
One other offensive lineman has given a verbal commitment and is expected to sign on Signing Day, and he is the honorable Brandon Kublanow from my hometown of Marietta (where it’s betta). Brandon is a four star recruit (the second rated center in the country) and at 6’3” and 289 lbs. he will rival John Theus as the biggest redhead you’ve ever seen. To say that Kublanow is a ginger of epic proportions would be a gross understatement. He’s massive.
Brandon got offers from everybody who’s anybody and their mother, but more importantly he is the first member of the class of 2013 to get a full-fledged DudeYouCrazy nickname. From henceforth Kublanow will be known as Kubby Bear. Why? Because I struggle to spell his name correctly (or even consistently the same way) and he’s huge. Kubby Bear now joins Damian “Black” Swann and Aaron “Murr-man” Murray as the only such bestowed players on the 2013 team.
Who Is Needed?
Laremy Tunsil is in Oxford, MS as we speak (and by we I mean you and by speak I mean read) and is considered the nation’s top offensive lineman. Most believe his top three to be Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss. I can understand going to Alabama and following the footsteps of Barrett Jones and company. I really can’t get the Ole Miss thing. Is immediate playing time (the lone selling point I see Ole Miss offering over the likes of Bama and UGA) really that big of a factor for the nation’s top player at a position? If you’re the top player at the position don’t you feel able to compete for playing time anywhere? If you’re the nation’s best prospect wouldn’t you prefer going up against more talented practice players day in and day out and being the better player for it? I don’t know. Laremy does.
Tunsil may very well end up choosing Bama or Ole Miss over Georgia. If he goes with Ole Miss I’ll be confused. If he goes with Bama I’ll get it. But if he picks Georgia, I will be elated. He could come in and contribute from day one.
So, in an effort to lure Laremy Tunsil let me make this offer:
Laremy, if you sign with the University of Georgia I will give you a nickname and illustrate it on Signing Day. I don’t know if the nickname will play off of your first name’s similarity to “Jeremy”, your last name’s similarity to “tonsil” or if it will be something off-the-cuff like “Tuns of Fun.” But I know that you will love it. Also, I don’t think this offer is a recruiting violation, but if it is I’m clearly just kidding!
That’s all I got/