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October 5, 2012
LAKE CITY, Fla. -- Lake City (Fla) Columbia Rivals100 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil is usually not big on doing interviews and never has been one to take credit for his athletic achievements.
But on Friday the five-star prospect received another great accolade when he was presented his jersey for the Army All American Bowl, an experience Tunsil said was very humbling.
"I'm very excited right now to get this jersey, it's great," Tunsil said. "I don't really know what else to say but 'Thank God.' "
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder's high school head coach, Brian Allen, played his college ball at Florida State. He said looking back at all the talented players he spent time around playing college ball reminds him a lot of his left tackle.
"Being his coach and watching him get this makes you feel really special, not only for myself but for this community," said Allen. "I am also born and raised in Lake City, and to see these guys grow up here to and make that next level ... it makes us proud that we have a product like that coming out of this community. I've played with great players in both college and the NFL, and this kid reminds me a lot of them already at the high school level."
Aside from football, Allen praised his prized tackle's attributes.
"He is just a humble individual. Some of these kids his age are all over the place doing all these crazy things, but Laremy is humble. That's not just a credit to me but his parents that have been there and stayed firm. That's just going to help his career in the long run with his humility."
Tunsil's former high school teammate and current Florida State Seminole Timmy Jernigan was also an Army All-American in the class of 2011. Tunsil said that is when he knew he also wanted to be a part of this event.
"Timmy told me I'm next [when he received his jersey]."
With regard to his recruitment, Tunsil had previously stated Georgia and Alabama were the top schools he was considering for his services. While those two schools still may be on top, there are two other teams still in the running.
"They're still on top," Tunsil said of the Bulldogs and Tide. "I have a relationship with all the coaches, and that's the main part in my recruiting process. Florida State is number three and Florida is right there in the mix."