2012 LB Jeremiah Tshimanga getting looks

LonghornDigest caught up with Richland Hills (Texas) Richland High linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound defender looks to be one of the more dominating players of the 2012 class. Read the LonghornDigest update below to get the latest on his recruitment, summer plans and goals for his upcoming junior season.

With the Texas Longhorns 2011 recruiting class almost complete, LonghornDigest has begun to focus on the up-and-coming standouts from the 2012 recruiting class. One of the more promising prospects you will come across is Richland Hills (Texas) Richland High linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanga.

At 6-foot-3, 226-pounds Tshimanga already looks like an NFL player. He possesses great muscle definition and has almost no body fat. In addition to his intimidating appearance, the Richland Hills defender possesses a great deal of athleticism. He runs a 4.6 second 40-yard dash and squats 425-pounds. He also benches 285-pounds and possesses a 35-inch vertical leap.

The Richland Hills athletic specimen has hardly gone without being noticed. He received his first scholarship offer last week from a major Big-12 program.

"Texas A&M offered me last Tuesday, they are my first offer. They have been watching me since last spring and they decided to offer," said Tshimanga.

The Aggies are far from being the only program interested in him. He has also been hearing from LSU, Iowa State, Nebraska, Boise State, Ole Miss, Baylor and Texas.

The Longhorns could find themselves in a good spot if they continue to express interest in Tshimanga.

"I talked to Coach Chambers (tight ends coach) and he said he is going to call me after September 1 to talk to me. He can't call me before that because of NCAA rules. I am also really close to Reggie Wilson, we are like almost cousins. He told me he wants me to come to Texas. I like Texas, they are a good team and they are well coached. They win a lot of games."

Despite being really early in the recruiting process, the Richland Hills defender has a few schools that currently stand out to him.

"Right now I would have to say that (in no particular order) Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and LSU stand out to me right now."

Tshimanga will be spending the rest of his summer trying to improve in a few areas of his game before his upcoming junior season begins.

"I want to work on my explosiveness, to get off of the ball quicker if I'm on the line or something like that. I also want to improve my focus.

He also hopes to win defensive player of the year in his district along with getting over 100 tackles. As a sophomore he was named 3-5A Sophomore Defensive Player of the Year and also earned First Team All-District honors.

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