Posted by Bryan Fischer
Big 12 schools Texas A&M and Oklahoma State each picked up a commitment Wednesday afternoon in a productive day for the conference rivals.
The Aggies received the verbal commitment from Missouri City (Texas) athlete Corey Thompson, a talented player who will likely play wide receiver in college.
"Corey called coach (Mike) Sherman today and gave him his verbal commitment," Thompson's father, Tony, told AggieYell.com. "I had a sense things were heading that way, but I was really surprised when he came in last night and said he was committing. I was really surprised and really pleased."
The elder Thompson was a star wide out for Texas A&M during the mid 80's under head coach Jackie Sherrill. Although there was no pressure for the younger Thompson to select the Aggies, the connection with Sherman and his staff made all the difference in his recruitment.
"He said he had developed a good rapport with the guys up there and the staff," Tony Thompson told the website. "But what really, first and foremost, made the difference was the interest A&M showed in him. It was impressive to say the least."
Corey Thompson is a MaxPreps 2012 Top 100 Watch List player and also held a scholarship offer from Arkansas. The 6-foot-2, 200 pound Thompson is the 17th commitment for the class of 2012.
Further north, Oklahoma State added the commitment from a player on the other side of the ball in North Richland Hills (Texas) linebacker Jeremiah Tshimanaga.
"Pretty much I was looking at Oklahoma State since I was a sophomore," Tshimanaga told OStateIllustrated.com. "I went through the process and I visited for a couple of games and I've been there about three or four times. I went to the Nebraska game when they played them. They lost but I enjoyed my time there and I went there a third time and it felt like home."
The 6-foot-3, 225 pound linebacker will transition into a bit of a hybrid defender for the Cowboys. He will play the "Leo" position which puts Tshimanaga's hand in the ground as a defensive end at times.
"Coach (Bill) Young and Coach (Glenn) Spencer will be my coaches pretty much," Tshimanga added. "Coach Spencer coaches linebackers and Coach Young coaches defensive ends and the Leo position is basically a linebacker and a defensive end at the same time. It's like a DeMarcus Ware type of a look. So right now they want me at the Leo position."
Tshimanga is the fourth commitment for Oklahoma State's class of 2012.