Tshimanga Gives Junior Day Review

"We've got tickets, so yes, most likely we are going to the basketball game," said linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga of North Richland Hills (Richland), Texas, of his plans to attend the OSU-Texas A&M game in Gallagher-Iba Arena after participating in Oklahoma State's Junior Day activities on Saturday.

Remember, earlier this year some GoPokes.com subscriber asked if Tshimanga was a shoe-in for another school. The truth is that the 6-3, 226-pound (4.6 speed) linebacker, who was part of approximately 50 prospects that were in Stillwater for the Cowboys second Junior Day, isn't a shoe-in for anybody right now.

"This is the third time that I've been here, and so being here twice before I have seen just about everything, but I feel like I got to know the program a little more. Coach (Kasey) Dunn is recruiting me now, Coach (Glenn) Spencer before. It all went good and I pretty much got to see more and learn more on the academics," said Tshimanga. <>p> Tshimanga, who made the drive from the Metroplex to Stillwater with high school teammate and now Oklahoma State linebacker signee Nico Ornelas, said he is considering psychology as a major but is still undecided.

He said he has also visited Oklahoma and Texas A&M recently and is making a trip Sunday to Baylor.

"I'm really kind of surveying everything," he added, implying that the recruiting process is still ongoing for him.

Tshimanga is a tremendous athlete that plays very physical and is good at pass coverage and pass rush. A native of the Congo, he moved to the United States when he was three. He has an older brother that is 6-6.

Besides Ornelas, Abilene's Herschel Sims was also on campus and met with new running backs coach Jemal Singleton. Some of the visitors are staying overnight and are catching the basketball game Saturday night between Oklahoma State and Texas A&M. Others left following the Junior Day activities.

We know that Wichita Collegiate defensive end Trace Clark and Abilene athlete Collin Sexton both made it to Stillwater. We also know that Houston Kinkaid quarterback Ford Cildress and his father, former NFL standout Ray Chilldress, were there.

Also attending Junior Day from Texas were Sanger quarterback Dane Evans, Harker Heights offensive lineman Camrhon Hughes, Harker Heights defensive lineman Darius James, and the Allen High School trio of quarterback Alec Morris, running back Jonathan Williams, and safety Thaddeus LaGrone.

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