NCF On The Trail: Josh Wariboko



In this week’s Big 12 recruiting storylines we take a look at a big weekend ahead for Oklahoma and West Virginia, the successful weekend that was for the Longhorns, TCU targeting another state and much more.


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As summer wraps up and Oklahoma turns its focus to the 2013 season, we've learned plenty from the Sooners during the summer recruiting cycle. OU has 11 commitments, including four ESPN 300 prospects, yet there continues to be concern among Sooner Nation about the state of recruiting in Norman, Okla. Here are five things we learned during the Sooners' summer months on the recruiting trail.

1. Bill Bedenbaugh is relentless


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When it came to summer camps, the plan was simple for Class of 2015 offensive lineman Jalin Barnett (Lawton, Okla./Lawton).

He wasn’t going to go to any of them. There might have been a few schools he wanted to see, but he was going to save money and stay home.

Jalin Barnett
Bob Przybylo/ESPNJalin Barnett, No. 10 in the ESPN Junior 300, has offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech.
Oklahoma, however, is different. Barnett made his first unofficial visit to OU in April and picked up an offer shortly after his trip. He returned the following week for the spring game and one more time for OU’s camp in June. As of now, it remains the only camp Barnett has attended during this mega-crazy camp season.

In other words, OU has a three-visit advantage on the rest of the field right now. And with the release of the ESPN 300 for the 2015 class on Tuesday, it might be a good thing. Barnett, who is listed at 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, is ranked No. 8 in the ESPN 300 and No. 1 in the region.

“A ranking like that doesn’t surprise me at all,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “He has worked so hard. He’s getting all this attention, but he is handling it so well.”

Schools such as Oregon State and Texas Tech also doled out early offers, but some more big boys have joined the party the last couple of weeks. Breeze said Stanford and Auburn are the latest school to offer.

Barnett grew up an Oklahoma State fan, but it has been all about the crimson and cream lately. And one OU coach in particular.

“I have a great relationship with Coach [Bill] Bedenbaugh,” Barnett said. “I liked going to the camp a lot. It was very important in the long run to get that coaching from him.”

Since arriving at OU from West Virginia in February, Bedenbaugh has made a huge impact with top offensive line prospects.

Both of OU’s 2015 commitments, ESPN 300 members offensive guard Josh Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady, No. 88) and offensive tackle Bobby Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen, No. 210), have been recruited by Bedenbaugh.

Barnett could be next, but it won’t happen just yet. There’s pressure, though, from his family to attend OU.


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Sooners get another Evans pledge

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One Evans is nice. Two are even better. Class of 2014 three-star linebacker Tay Evans (Allen, Texas/Allen) committed to Oklahoma last week on an unofficial visit. His younger brother did the same Wednesday.

Bobby Evans, a Class of 2015 tight end, pledged to the Sooners while both brothers were on an unofficial visit to campus.

Tay Evans couldn’t contain his excitement, letting the world know on Twitter his younger brother is going to follow him to Norman. Bobby later confirmed to SoonerNation the tweet was accurate.

Bobby Evans, who is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, was also hearing from Baylor and attended Texas’ junior day in the winter.

Bobby Evans is the second commit for OU’s 2015 class, joining offensive guard Joshua Wariboko (Oklahoma City/Casady), who pledged two weeks ago.

It’s only natural for the Evans brothers to end up as Sooners. Their father, Bobby Sr., played basketball for OU. And though the initial interest wasn’t as strong by the Sooners for either one of them compared to some other schools, it became clear that OU was the school to beat when it did start to show interest.

The Sooners' raid of Allen High might not be done, either, as OU still has its targets set on three-star linebacker Christian Sam.
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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