Another Ole Miss standout is leaving school early for the NFL, but this one would prefer to walk through the door than go out the window.
Via Daniel Paulling of the Jackson Clarion-Ledger, the Rebels left tackle has decided to leave school early for the 2016 NFL Draft.
“After weighing the decision with my family, I will forgo my senior season and enter the 2016 NFL Draft,” Tunsil said in a statement released by the school. “It’s been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL, and I’m excited about the challenge in front of me.”
“Few players have brought more joy to my life than Laremy Tunsil, and I’m so proud to see him take this next step in his life,” coach Hugh Freeze added in the statement. I will always be grateful for the opportunity he gave us three years ago, and I look forward to seeing him walk across the stage at this year’s NFL Draft. With his spirit, hard work and determination, he has a bright future ahead of him.”
Tunsil is a potential top-five pick, who will also draw a little attention for an off-field issue. He was arrested this summer for punching his step-father in an incident regarding agents, which invited some NCAA scrutiny, and led to a seven-game suspension.
But unlike Ole Miss teammate Robert Nkemdiche, he has not been arrested for marijuana after falling out a window, making him a boring kind of prospect who is merely very good at football and not defenestration.