OT Tunsil surprises by adding a visit

SAN ANTONIO -- It’s funny what can come from All-Star game weeks.

One minute a school isn’t even a blip on someone’s radar and the next, well, it's a blip that could grow into something much bigger.

Take ESPN 150 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (Lake City, Fla./Columbia), for example.

Texas was never a factor in the recruitment of the nation’s top offensive tackle. But it is now.

After speaking with certain Texas commitments during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and expressing his interest in the Longhorns, Tunsil got in touch with Longhorns offensive coordinator Stacy Searels on Friday.

“I talked to them on the phone and am going to take a visit and see what it’s about,” Tunsil said after Saturday's game.

Tunsil said he has had an interest in the Longhorns since his 9th grade season.

Now the issue at hand is when will he be able to make his visit. Tunsil (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) will take an official to Alabama on Jan. 11, followed up with a trip to Georgia on Jan. 18, then to Ole Miss on Jan. 25 and will take his final visit to Florida State on Feb. 1.

That doesn’t leave him much wiggle room to visit Austin. But he said he would make it work.

This is big news for a Longhorns programs still actively recruiting offensive linemen Desmond Harrison (San Pablo, CA/Contra Costa College) and Andrew Billings (Waco, Texas/Waco). Both are considered to be in good standing with the Texas staff.

Since last summer Tunsil has maintained that Georgia and Alabama have the inside track for his commitment. However, he said that all teams were equal after the game, which could include Texas if he makes the visit to Austin.