Columbia High School (Lake City, Fla.)
6’6 295 Lbs.
Rivals: 5-star (No. 14 overall)
Scout: 5-star (No. 7 overall)
ESPN: 5-star (No. 5 overall)
247: 5-star (No. 3 overall)
Chose Ole Miss over Alabama and Georgia.
Tunsil also had offers from Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fl), Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC among others.
Committed to Ole Miss on Feb. 6, 2013.
Possible playing time in 2013: There is talk surrounding the program that Pierce Burton could take over at left tackle for fellow senior Emmanuel McCray. Burton has played well on the left side this spring but the staff says that he is still better on the right side. If healthy, Burton, McCray, center Evan Swindall and guard Aaron Morris have firmly supplanted themselves in the starting lineup. The guard spot vacated by AJ Hawkins could go to senior Patrick Junen, who started some in 2011. If the coaches decide to go with Burton at left tackle and McCray at a guard spot as opposed to right tackle, then it is likely that Tunsil will fill the right tackle spot. He is too good to keep off the field even though the Rebels could opt for the four seniors and one junior line. Suffice it to say, Hugh Freeze has a good problem to have on his hands.
Wrap-up: Despite being a shade under 300 Lbs., Tunsil is very strong and dominated his competition during the US Army All-American practices. His hands are extremely quick and he finds the pad level very well. He will need to add more mass to be a good push-run-blocker in the SEC but his pass-blocking skills are almost NFL-ready. Tunsil’s feet move very well and his position is usually on point. A high football IQ, adapting to Freeze’s offense should be no problem and he stated before signing day that he preferred a fast-paced offense like Freeze’s and Mark Richt’s over that of Nick Saban’s. He will be a three or four-year starter for the Rebels and will almost certainly be a first-round pick.