Oklahoma Sooners: Joshua Wariboko

Oklahoma lost its second-highest-ranked recruit in the 2015 class on Wednesday when ESPN 300 offensive guard Joshua Wariboko decommitted from the Sooners. In most situations, this would be a bad thing for OU, but in the long run it might not be so bad after all. That’s because the race to land Wariboko, the state of Oklahoma’s No. 4 player and the No. 14 guard nationally, will be a marathon and not a sprint.

Today is a minor holiday for recruitniks: The newest edition of the ESPN 300 recruiting rankings have been released, along with a slew of other grades and evaluations.

It's always a big-time endeavor for the ESPN crew of scouts, so be sure to click HERE for the ESPN 300 rankings.

Several of today's updates to the ESPN 300 affect the Big 12. Here's a closer look at what you should take away from the rankings:
  • Oklahoma State quarterback commit John Kolar enjoyed an incredible jump, going from unranked to the nation's No. 3 pocket passer. He's now ranked No. 82 overall in the ESPN 300. The Norman (Okla.) North senior-to-be impressed filling in for injured Alabama signee David Cornwell last year, and he has wowed our scouts as well.
  • What a killer start for Baylor. The Bears have verbal commitments from six high school prospects, and all six made the ESPN 300. The highest ranked of the bunch is WR John Humphrey Jr., who announced his commitment last night. He's one of three ESPN 300 receivers in the class, joining Devontre Stricklin and Chad President. The Bears signed four ESPN 300 recruits in last year's class, and three the previous year, so this is quite the jump. With Baylor high on the list of several other ESPN 300 prospects, including WR DaMarkus Lodge (No. 63 in ESPN 300) and DE James Lockhart (No. 113), there's a good chance this class ends up being the best in the Big 12 when it's all said and done.
  • Texas now has verbal commitments from five ESPN 300 recruits: S DeShon Elliott (No. 94), OT Toby Weathersby (No. 138), OG Patrick Vahe (No. 171), new RB commit Tristian Houston (No. 208) and RB Jordan Stevenson (No. 296). The Longhorns are in the mix for more than 30 ESPN 300 prospects and have offered several more elite out-of-state recruits. Texas has some real momentum under new coach Charlie Strong at the moment, and it's possible more than 10 uncommitted ESPN 300 prospects visits Austin this week for the spring game.
  • The state of Oklahoma has five prospects in the ESPN 300, and nearly all of them could end up being Sooners. OU already has verbal pledges from DT Marquise Overton (No. 150) and OG Joshua Wariboko (No. 190) and is among the leaders for OG Jalin Barnett (No. 36) and S Will Sunderland Jr. (No. 212). And then there's Kolar, who the Sooners could still make a push for over time. Four of Oklahoma's five current pledges are in the ESPN 300.
  • Texas Tech already has two top-50 recruits in QB Jarrett Stidham and DT Breiden Fehoko, and they'll be the lead recruiters of this Red Raiders class. Stidham checks in at No. 37 in the new ESPN 300, which puts him No. 4 among all prospects in Texas, and Fehoko is the nation's No. 7 defensive tackle.
  • It's a great year to find a running back in the state of Texas. Ten of them made the newest ESPN 300, and six have already committed to schools. The top-rated member of the group is Oklahoma State commit Ronald Jones II, the nation's No. 3 running back. Texas already has Houston and Stevenson, Baylor has Ja'Mycal Hasty (No. 274) and Texas A&M has pledges from Rodney Anderson (No. 263) and Jay Bradford (No. 277).
  • West Virginia is off to a great start with the 2015 class thanks to its dedication to recruiting Florida. Two of its verbal commits made the ESPN 300 in WR Jovon Durante (No. 120) and S Kendrell McFadden (No. 153), and half of its 10 pledges come from the Sunshine State. WVU is one of only seven program in the country with double-digit commitments at this point.

Programs off to fast start in 2015 

November, 19, 2013
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While recruiting is undoubtedly a marathon and not a sprint, that doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with a good start.

The key for any program is being able to sustain and finish strong, and only time will tell which programs will be able to do that, but what we do know is which teams are off to a fast start in the Class of 2015. Below are the five programs that are leading the pack early for 2015, as well as a few other notable fast starters:


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Recruits watching: Oklahoma at Baylor 

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Thursday night may not be the best nights for hosting players, but it definitely makes for great nights to see two top-ranked teams go at it in a nationally televised showdown. No. 6 Baylor hosts No. 10 Oklahoma in what may be the most anticipated Big 12 matchup of the year not called the Red River Rivalry.

From a recruiting standpoint, Thursday’s game may have more importance to Oklahoma than Baylor. The Bears are sitting comfortably with 23 commits, including ESPN 300 players in athlete Davion Hall (Texarkana, Texas/Liberty-Eylau), inside linebacker James David (Rockdale, Texas/Rockdale) and receivers K.D. Cannon (Mount Pleasant, Texas/Mount Pleasant) and Ishmael Zamora (Houston/Alief Elsik). The Sooners are looking to bulk up its recruiting class. Oklahoma has 15 committed, the latest on Wednesday being three-star athlete Dimitri Flowers (San Antonio/Churchill).

Along with the aforementioned, here are seven 2014 and 2015 prospects, in alphabetical order, who will be paying attention to what happens on Thursday:

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Texas Tech has been one of the new darlings of college football through the two few months of the season. At 7-0 the Red Raiders sit tied atop the Big 12 and are No. 10 in the BCS standings.

The country is anxious to see how they’ll handle the meat of their conference schedule, which begins with a road test at Oklahoma on Saturday.

The Sooners are expected to have several top targets on hand, including two prospects committed elsewhere. Oklahoma is also expected to have one of the top players in the country for 2015 in attendance ... again.

Here’s a look at some of the top targets who will be in attendance in Norman, Okla., plus a recruit who will be keeping a close eye on the game:

2014 DT Zaycoven Henderson (Longview, Texas/Longview)
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This is a huge opportunity for the Sooners to impress one of their top remaining targets. Henderson, a former TCU commit, seems to be down to Texas and OU, though, Ole Miss might have something to say about that. The Sooners have to blow him away on this visit considering the good things he had to say during and after Texas’ victory over Oklahoma a few weeks ago. OU really needs help on its defensive front with only one commitment in 2014 (three-star DT Brandon Glenn).


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The Oklahoma Sooners are already a step above most when it comes to recruiting 2015 offensive linemen given they’ve already garnered a commitment from ESPN 300 guard Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City, Okla./Casady).


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Early Offer: NU recruits stand by Pelini 

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The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's latest feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: Bo Pelini’s critics have come out of the wood work, but recruits are standing by the Huskers’ head coach; Dodge City CC is normally known as one of the doormats of junior college football, but that’s changing thanks to talent like cornerback Danzel McDaniel; and Oklahoma is learning the downside of early recruiting is that it makes it easier to identify quality players like Joshua Wariboko.

Recruits sticking with Pelini
Monday was a day that Nebraska coach Bo Pelini will never forget. First Pelini responded sharply to the suggestion by former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier that the Huskers dump their entire defensive staff. Then he had to play damage control after an audio recording from 2011 surfaced in which he criticized fans during an expletive-laced rant. While fans took to social media with choice words of their own, the embattled coach was defended by a number of former players and several recruits. Three-star safety Luke Gifford (Lincoln, Neb./Southeast) has been the most vocal of Huskers commit so far when he tweeted Monday night that he loves coach Pelini and hopes to have him as a coach for years to come.

2015 ESPN 300 targets: Oklahoma 

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Most of the time when discussing Oklahoma and underclassmen recruiting, it’s a pretty nonexistent topic. Not the case for the Class of 2015 as the Sooners have already netted two ESPN 300 commitments.

Here is a look at eight other notable 2015 OU targets to go with the Sooners' two early pledges:


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In the fifth round of the all-time Oklahoma Sooners team draft earlier this week, OU legend Joe Washington selected offensive guard Greg Roberts.

Roberts, who starred for the Sooners from 1975-78, was the first guard chosen. If SoonerNation were to conduct this draft again in 20 years, would Oklahoma City Casady’s Josh Wariboko be a player to consider?

While it's way too early to determine that, the Class of 2015 lineman has come out of virtually nowhere in the last few months to become a household name for Sooners fans to know.


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Oklahoma City Casady guard Joshua Wariboko made his strong interest in Oklahoma known when he spent two days at the Sooners summer camp in early June. The Sooners reciprocated the interest, offering the 2015 prospect just days after the camp concluded.

There was no reason to wait any longer for Wariboko. He committed to the Sooners on Thursday during an unofficial visit to OU, according to Casady coach Koby Scoville. Wariboko becomes the Sooners' first commitment for the Class of 2015.

“He had an offer from Oregon State and really liked it,” Scoville said. “But you could see he had a different look in his eye when it came to OU.”

OU’s camp was the first college football camp experience for Wariboko, who said at the time that he went to the camp because the Sooners were “way up there, and I wanted to show them that.” The recruiting process was just starting to pick up for Wariboko, and he has done a good job of handling the attention since his name started to appear on the recruiting landscape this spring.

“We’re really proud of Josh; he’s handled it great,” Scoville said. “He’s still the same humble Josh he has always been.”

A strong offensive guard prospect with a big base yet still plenty of room to improve, Wariboko provides the Sooners a strong anchor to build upon as they strive to secure a strong class of offensive linemen for 2015. He was one of the stars of OU’s summer camp, holding his own against several solid defensive linemen, including 2014 OU commit Brandon Glenn (Irving, Texas/Ranchview).

“If it’s possible, he does look bigger,” Scoville said of Wariboko. “He’s always had a really big lower body, but you look at him now and his back has really widened.”

SoonerNation staff writer Bob Przybylo contributed to this story.

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