COLUMBUS — Just about 24 hours after landing its first 2022 commitment, Ohio State has its second: Lakota West (West Chester, Ohio) High School offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola has announced his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes.
The state of Ohio’s second-ranked sophomore prospect, Tshabola was offered by Ohio State in November and said the offer was something that was going to alter his life.
“It’s probably the most exciting news I’ve ever received,” the four-star prospect said at the time. “My phone is already blowing up. It’s life-changing.”
Tshabola’s phone is going to be blowing up even more now. Lettermen Row is breaking down the decision and what it means for Ohio State, the Big Ten and the national recruiting landscape.
What Tegra Tshabola gives Ohio State on field
Tshabola is a massive, 6-foot-6, 320-pound offensive lineman who has heavy hands, a sturdy pass-protection base and a frame that is almost college ready with two years left of high school. His game is advanced for his age — he’s just 15-years-old — and he’s got two years to fine tune it in preparation for life in the Big Ten.
It’s hard to project offensive lineman so far ahead, but the Buckeyes don’t usually offer in-state lineman as early as they did with Tshabola. That should lend some confidence in the way the program sees his future unfolding. Ohio State loves interior linemen with the athletic ability to play tackle, and Tegra Tshabola fits that model perfectly.
What pickup means for Ohio State 2022 recruiting class
The second verbal in two days for Ryan Day and the Buckeyes, Tshabola provides a much needed in-state counterpart to Jyaire Brown, who committed to Ohio State on Wednesday. As with the Class of 2021, Ohio State will try to build from inside out, meaning the Buckeyes would like to lock up as many of their early in-state targets as possible in order to focus on filling the class with the best of the best from around the country — a task made much easier when local prospects are close to campus.
Tshabola, like close friend and early-enrollee Paris Johnson, and 2021 offensive tackle Ben Christman, made his decision very early and gives another major win for Greg Studrawa on the recruiting trail. He picked Ohio State over Kentucky, Florida, Penn State, LSU, Michigan and almost ten other schools.
With Tshabola on board, the Buckeyes will turn their in-state focus to linebacker prospect C.J. Hicks and Gabe Powers, the only other sophomores inside of Ohio currently holding an Ohio State offer.
How Tegra Tshabola impacts recruiting rankings
The Buckeyes now have as many commitments as Michigan in the Class of 2022 with two. That number leads the Big Ten. Ohio State’s pair, with Tshabola (No. 69) and Jyaire Brown (No. 116), are both ranked ahead of the Wolverines top-ranked commitment, giving the Buckeyes the Big Ten lead in 2022.
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