Ohio State's 2022 recruiting class has landed its second commitment.
No one knows Tegra Tshabola's official composite ranking yet, but everyone now knows he will be a Buckeye, as he announced his intentions to join offensive line coach Greg Studrawa's position group on Thursday night.
My family and I have done a lot of thinking and we decided to end my recruiting process and I have decided to commit to The Ohio State University.@OhioStateFB @ryandaytime @CoachCookOL @CoachTomBolden @CoachDanBolden and the whole #BuckeyeNation #GoBucks. Oh yea and O-H. . . pic.twitter.com/qRam11PLXG— Tegra Tshabola (@tshabola_tegra) April 23, 2020
The Tshabola File
- Class: 2022
- Size: 6-foot-6/320 lbs.
- Pos: OT
- School: Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio)
- 247Sports Rating: ★★★★
- 247Sports Rank: 6 OT
Tshabola was offered by the Buckeyes on Nov. 2, as linebackers coach Al Washington called Lakota West High School, and the administrators pulled Tshabola out of his biology class before handing him the phone. When the news landed, Tshabola couldn't stop smiling.
"It's one of the craziest things that has ever happened in my life," Tshabola told Eleven Warriors hours after his offer announcement. "(Ohio State has been recruiting me) since the end of my freshman year during summer workouts."
The Buckeyes coming calling has been a dream for the Ohioan native who lives less than two hours from Ohio State's campus.
Tshabola is a 6-foot-6, 320-pound behemoth of an offensive tackle, and he instantly gives Studrawa and Ryan Day's 2022 class an anchor along the offensive line. It's plenty telling that Tshabola is one of just two sophomores (Gabe Powers) to be offered as early as he was by Ohio State, which doesn't like to dish out early offers to in-state prospects unless it's absolutely positive he has the makings of a future impact player.
|NAME||POSITION||OVERALL RANKING||POSITION RANKING||DATE OF COMMITMENT|
|JYAIRE BROWN||CB||122||16||APRIL 22, 2020|
|TEGRA TSHABOLA||OT||69||6||APRIL 23, 2020|
In the initial 2022 rankings done by 247Sports' lone metrics, Tshabola was ranked No. 69 overall, the No. 6 offensive tackle nationally and the No. 2-ranked prospect in Ohio behind Powers.
Tshabola' ranking is likely to rise as he becomes more well-known on a national scale, and his offer sheet is sure to rise despite his Ohio State commitment. The Buckeyes jumped on him early, and he pledged himself to Day's program early.
Tshabola visited the Shoe for the raucous atmosphere of the Penn State matchup, and that was more than enough for Tshabola.
“It was just absolutely crazy,” Tshabola told Eleven Warriors of the atmosphere. “The way the fans were so excited for the game and stuff like that (was impressive). Compared to all the schools I’ve been to, that was the most excited I’ve seen the fans. I’ve been to the School Up North, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Indiana; a bunch of local schools.
“Definitely the fact that coach Ryan Day really pays attention to all his recruits (made a difference to me). He really takes time out of such a busy day to come and talk to us. That was one of the very surprising things that happened (on the Penn State visit). ... He’s a really cool dude. I didn’t think he was gonna pay that much attention to us. That just shows he cares so much about his athletes.”