ESPN 150 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia) watched the two schools atop his leaderboard face each other in the Georgia Dome on Saturday night. The No. 4 prospect in the nation has had Georgia and Alabama as his leaders for months and is expected to pick between the two on signing day.
So who was he rooting for in the game?
“Georgia,” Tunsil said. “I really wanted Georgia to go [to the BCS title game] to see how they were going to do. It was pretty good game.”
When asked who he thought would win between Alabama and Notre Dame, the five-star offensive lineman didn’t hesitate.
“Ha, Alabama," Tunsil said.
Both schools are still even for the 6-foot-6, 295-pound senior, but the Bulldogs’ coaching staff is trying to change that. Two offensive coaches visited Tunsil two days before the biggest Georgia game in 30 years.
“Will Friend and John Lilly came down last Thursday,” Tunsil said. “It was pretty exciting. I was like, ‘Wow, I must be very important to their program.’ They are coming back tomorrow night too”
The timing of the first visit impressed Tunsil, but the message that Lilly and Friend delivered was the same one he heard when he visited Athens, Ga., in the summer.
“They said the usual stuff,” Tunsil said. “But I do believe the Georgia coaches when they say, ‘We need you.’ ”