Oklahoma State football recruiting: Coaches knew Jeremiah Tshimanga was something special

It didn't take long for coaches at Richland High School to see what they had in Jeremiah Tshimanga. He was ‘bigger, faster, stronger' than anyone they played.
by Ryan Aber Modified: January 31, 2012 at 9:50 pm •  Published: January 31, 2012
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Richland High School coach Gene Weir knew he had something special in Jeremiah Tshimanga when he first lined up at defensive end his freshman season.

“He was just bigger, faster, stronger than the kids we were playing against,” Weir said. “We knew he had a future if he could put all the rest of the things together.

“He looks the role. He's very physically fitted for the next level of football. And he has a great desire to play and a great work ethic.”

Eventually, Tshimanga moved to linebacker, but the stout play continued.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect was the first commit of OSU's 2012 signing class and is already on campus after graduating from high school in December. He will try to crack the depth chart at linebacker, a position that returns all three starters.

Rivals rates Tshimanga the No. 19 inside linebacker in the nation and the 79th-best player in Texas. He was a second-team selection on Texas Football Magazine's Super Team this past season after he racked up 84 tackles his senior season, including 11 for loss.

by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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