Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Wariboko accomplishes goal at OU camp
By Brandon Chatmon
Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady) stepped onto the campus of the University of Oklahoma with one goal in mind -- to show the Sooners he meant business.
The 2015 offensive line prospect participated in the first two days of the Sooners’ three-day camp at the beginning of June. OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh clearly liked what they saw from the 6-foot-4, 290-pound prospect, offering Wariboko right after the camp concluded.
Unlike many prospects already on OU's radar, Wariboko made a point to spend more than just one session at the camp. Several prospects, including Tulsa (Okla.) Booker T. Washington's Jordan Brailford and Lawton (Okla.) offensive lineman Jalin Barnett, chose to spend only one day or even one session at OU’s camp. Wariboko chose a different path because he wanted to make sure OU’s coaching staff understood where the Sooners stand in his mind.
Joshua Wariboko's competitiveness at OU's camp earned him an offer from the Sooners.
“I decided to [do that] because I really like the University of Oklahoma,” Wariboko said. “I just really wanted to see what the camp was all about. It was my first college camp so I just wanted to go because Oklahoma is way up there in my top three, actually my No. 1 after the offer. And I wanted to show them that.”
Participating in his first college camp ever, Wariboko didn’t know what to expect. In just a matter of months Wariboko has become a name to know on OU’s recruiting board, yet he is just starting to get his feet wet when it comes to the summer camp circuit.
“My expectations were to go out, do my best and grow closer to Coach Bedenbaugh,” he said. “After my first day, I felt good and solid about my performance and I got more confident and started playing well, then I got the offer.”
Despite his inexperience in the camp setting, Wariboko was one of the stars of the camp and arguably the best offensive lineman who participated in the camp including Barnett, a fellow 2105 offer who participated in the Sunday afternoon session. In competitive drills against the defensive linemen Wariboko more than held his own against many of the one-day defensive linemen, including Irving (Texas) Ranchview’s Brandon Glenn. Wariboko and Glenn had several intense one-on-one battles during Sunday’s sessions helping to make the Casady junior feel good about his decision to participate in OU’s camp.
“It was really good,” Wariboko said. “I enjoyed myself, I feel closer to Coach Bedenbaugh, he’s been recruiting me for the past few months. I liked the drills and the competitive nature of everything. I had a blast there, it was a really good experience for me.”
The camp provided Wariboko the rare opportunity to get in-depth coaching from Bedenbaugh. He went away from the experience with a much better feel for the Sooners new offensive line coach and how he approaches coaching his players.
“I really liked it because he gets his point across really clearly and communicates well,” Wariboko said. “He fixed my mistakes and coached me up. I could tell he genuinely wanted to make me better during that camp. I really like Coach Bedenbaugh, he’s really good.”