First, a little background. Laremy Tunsil is the top offensive tackle recruit in the country. The 6'6", 270-pound Lake City (Fla.) Columbia High star is very athletic and agile, to go with his great frame. He's a deserving five-star recruit and holds that ranking from the four major services.
He's also going to be a national signing day decision. That means Tunsil won't make his choice for another nine months. Yet in this era of recruits deciding earlier and earlier, that doesn't stop fans from craving constant updates on the big tackle.
My sources indicate that Tunsil is very much still in the information gathering stage. He will take visits, watch to see how the seasons play out for the teams in which he is interested, monitor coaching changes, etc. Basically, he's going through what the recruiting process was for everyone because some recruits decided to commit before they even turned 17.
So it's awkward, then, when reporters ask Tunsil if he has a "top number" of schools, as last Wednesday night Tunsil apparently listed both a top four and a top five:
The moral of the story here is that the kid plans to take all of his visits, but has not yet visited the majority of schools he mentions. Tunsil can give a top two or 20, but because he doesn't intend to make his decision until National Signing Day, a list created before taking visits, seeing the season play out and monitoring coaching changes really should not be taken all that seriously.
Rather, simply regard it as a list of schools on his mind at the moment he elects to answer a reporter's call.