It’s never too early to start building relationships with top-tier recruits, especially those in your own state. Ohio State head coach Ryan Day has shown a clear commitment to recruiting in the Buckeye state, and that doesn’t look to be changing anytime soon. More than a few class of 2022 recruits in the state of Ohio have already begun to show their potential, and perhaps none more-so than offensive tackle Tegra Tshabola.
Despite only being a sophomore in high school, the 6-foot-6, 300-pound OT out of Lakota West in West Chester, OH is already starting to rack up offers from some big name programs around the nation, including the likes of Ohio State, LSU, Florida, USC and Kentucky. A two-sport athlete, playing basketball as well as football, Tshabola is freakishly athletic for his size, possessing enough power to be a dominant run blocker but also the footwork and balance to excel in pass protection.
According to Billy Greene of 247Sports, there is a very good chance Tshabola is the top-rated in-state recruit in the 2022 class once the player evaluations for the cycle are released. Luckily for Ohio State, they not only have the inside track on snagging a commitment from Tshabola based on location, but also having began a very early relationship with the OT with still two years left of high school football.
“Right now, I would say that Ohio State is sticking out the most but I really don’t know at this point,” Tshabola said. “I talk to Ohio State pretty often because they’re really interested in me and I’m very interested in them. I have a good relationship with Coach (Ryan) Day and he told me he’s going to come to one of my basketball games so he can see me in person.”
Tshabola also discussed how he has visited OSU a couple of times, but hasn’t yet had a chance for a sit down conversation between Day, himself and his parents. He did say, however, that based on their phone conversations he can tell Day really cares about his players, and that he likes his energy and how much he cares about the game.
We are still a long way out from the 2022 offensive tackle making an official decision, but things are certainly moving in the right direction for the Buckeyes.
- Four-star 2021 RB Lovasea Carroll will be dropping his top five on Friday, he announced via Twitter. Carroll, the No. 7 RB in the class, is one of Ohio State’s top targets at the position.