Lake City (Fla.) Columbia offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil returned Sunday from his official visit to Alabama.
While Tunsil couldn't be reached for comment, Rivals.com caught up with his high school coach, Brian Allen, about the trip and the recruiting process for the five-star prospect.
"It's Alabama and they are the hot team," Allen said. "The school is attractive to any prospect. It reminds me of Florida State when I played there from 1996-2000. We played for four national titles in my five years, winning one. The difference with Alabama is not only are they getting there they are winning."
After FSU, Allen spent time in the NFL and knows what it takes to get the next level.
Even with this strong football background, he is allowing Tunsil to manage the recruiting process at his own pace and will share his advice when asked.
"My main concern right now is making sure Laremy is set for the next level academically and with his test score. He will be successful wherever he ends up. It's going to take work because when he gets there he won't be No. 1 anymore. He will be another freshman," Allen said.
Tunsil has all the tools to be a franchise tackle in college and beyond. He has superb quickness, a strong punch, and excellent footwork.
While in San Antonio at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, Tunsil went on record as saying Georgia leads over Alabama, FSU and Ole Miss.
Did the Alabama visit help?
"We didn't really talk about the visit too much," Allen said. "I'm sure he will fit into any offense and have a chance to be successful.
"Alabama will have guys coming in from all over the country, so he may have to take a backseat because they will have guys already there. Although you see it more now with players going to places where they have connections with friends and Laremy knows guys at Alabama from other camps and combines," Allen said.
Tunsil led his team to an 11-2 record and Class 6A regional finals. He is planning to make a Signing Day decision.
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