Last spring First Star Football Report was impressed by West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West offensive lineman Tegra Tshabola during a workout in front of a large group of college coaches.
This week, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound member of the 2022 recruiting class ended his recruitment with a pledge to Ohio State.
First Star Football Report caught up with Tshabola as his family is still enjoying the pledge to trade football for a college education.
“I’m doing good right now and just celebrating with my family,” said Tshabola. “It’s a stress reliever and now I can concentrate on getting stronger and working on my technique.”
Buckeye fans might be surprised by the coach that helped bring one of Ohio’s top young prospects into the 2022 class.
“The coach I talked with the most was Coach (Kennedy) Cook,” he said. “He’s one of the offensive line coaches and his dad coaches at Colerain.”
Tshabola and his family were impressed by the work the Buckeye coaching staff put in to build an early relationship.
“It’s a really good relationship as they always ask about how my family is first,” he continued. “They would make sure I was staying safe and cared if I was staying on top of my school work and things like that
“So we’ve built a strong relationship with them and it’s a dream to be able to have the opportunity to play for Ohio State and wear the Scarlet and Gray.”
While personal relationships play a role in every recruitment, Tshabloa, and his family was looking for more out of any school to be considered.
“Before I even thought about making any commitment, we made a set of guidelines to follow,” explained Tshabola. “Any school would have to care about academics and have a really good business school with lots of connections. They would also have to have a coaching staff that cared about each player individually.
“After speaking with the Ohio State coaches, they met all of those guidelines and I ended my recruiting process and committed.”
How did the Buckeyes staff take the news?
“We did a virtual call with Coach (Ryan) Day, Coach (Greg) Studrawa and Coach Cook and they were all excited,” he said. “I talked later in the day with Coach Studrawa and he told me how excited he was to have the opportunity to coach me.”
Thursday night the Buckeyes continued to see great success with players in the NFL Draft. Did Tshabola take notice?
“Yes… it shows that the whole life is a possibility for me and any kid who goes to a program like Ohio State,” he said.
One thing Tshabola is ready to see come to an end is being quarantined from his team.
“It hasn’t been as bad as I thought it would,” he stressed. “I’ve been going to one of my friend’s house to workout and lift and Coach (Tom) Bolden sends us workouts to do. But I’m eager to get back to my team and become a leader. As a team, we’re eager to get back into preparing for the season.”
You can watch the newest Buckeye pledge here from this past season.