Lake City (Fla.) Columbia five-star offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil got his summer vacation started with a multi-day trip to check out the defending National Champions.
"It was awesome," Tunsil said of his trip to Alabama. "Everything stood out."
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive lineman was on campus during a portion of Alabama's first summer camp.
"I participated in one session of the camp and then I just hung out the rest of the days," Tunsil said.
During his time around the Crimson Tide, the nation's No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 7 overall prospect spent a great deal of time with assistant coaches Jeremy Pruitt and Jeff Stoutland, as well as head coach Nick Saban. He says the message from all of them was the same.
"They told me that they need me and that they would love to have me," Tunsil said.
The Sunshine State's top prospect says that he entered the visit with a great deal of knowledge about the SEC program, but that it was informative nonetheless.
"There wasn't really anything that I wanted to learn while I was there, I just wanted to know how Alabama was," Tunsil said. "I found that out by spending some time there.
"I like that they have private tutors," Tunsil added. "They make sure you are prepared for class."
As for upcoming trips, Tunsil plans to camp at another out-of-state school later this month.
"I am going to Georgia in two weeks, one or two weeks from now," Tunsil said. "I am going for a three-day camp. I am going to practice one session and then just spend some time there."
Beyond his visit to Georgia, Tunsil doesn't have any other specific camp plans made. He mentioned he will probably visit both Florida and Florida State this summer due to their proximity to his home.
With dozens of offers to choose from, Tunsil says he is working with a list of some schools that stand out but wouldn't truly define it as a set number of favorites.
"I don't really have a top five because it changes every day," Tunsil said. "Some of the top schools for me are Alabama, LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, and Ole Miss."
With regards to making a decision, Tunsil isn't working with a specific timeline but intends to take his time. He will likely utilize all five of his allotted official visits before he announces. He says he already knows the destination of his official visits.
"I am going to take all five of my officials," Tunsil said. "I have my five official visits already figured out. They are Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and USC."
At this point in the process, no one school has moved to the front for his services.
"I don't have a leader," Tunsil said.
Tunsil will participate in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January of 2013.