A January enrollee who participated in spring drills in 2012 ... Injury forced him into a redshirt season ... Worked at defenseive end during the spring of 2013.
High School: Attended Richland HS in North Richland Hills, Texas, where he was coached by Gene Wier ... Part of the prestigious Texas Football Magazine Super Team as a second-team selection ... Rivals ranked him as the No. 69 player in the state of Texas, regardless of position after a senior season that included 84 tackles, including 11 for loss with a defensive touchdown ... That service ranked him No. 18 among America's inside linebackers ... Had 69 tackles as a junior ... Had more than 30 reported scholarship offers, including Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, Stanford and Texas A&M ... Also was a basketball player and high jumper on the track and field team ... Member of the A and B Honor Roll ... Participated with FCA and single-handedly led a fundraising effort to help a local family at Christmas.
Personal: Jeremiah Tshimanga was born Oct. 5, 1993, in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo ... Majoring in education.