Oklahoma landed one of its top in-state targets last summer when Josh Wariboko committed to the Sooners. However, the nation's No. 1 junior offensive guard recruit has decided to explore other collegiate options, he revealed to Rivals.com reporter Josh McCuistion on Wednesday.
"I knew I wanted to take some more trips without bringing into question of my integrity or my family's integrity," Wariboko told McCuistion. "I didn't want to say I was committed and take trips, that didn't seem right."
The 6'3 1/2", 330-pound lineman stars at Casady School in Oklahoma City. He was the first 2015 player to pledge to Oklahoma and remained the team's top-rated commit until his departure from the class.
Wariboko initially created a verbal pact with the Sooners in June. Oklahoma was ahead of the crowd during the early stages of this recruiting cycle, but several teams throughout the country extended offers during and after a dominant junior campaign.
Texas, USC, Florida State, LSU and Arkansas are among the programs now clamoring to gain ground in his selection process. Wariboko, rated No. 93 overall in 247Sports' composite rankings, is likely to draw even more offers now that he's officially declared his recruitment re-opened.
How much of an impact will the loss of Josh Wariboko have on Oklahoma?
He explained part of his motivation to examine various college opportunities is an effort to pair up with his younger brother on the same campus in 2016. Sophomore defensive back Max Wariboko received his first high-level FBS offer from Louisville earlier this week and is expected to be a hot commodity in the 2016 class.
"These 10 months right now to try and find the right place for Max and I," Josh Wariboko told McCuistion. "I want the chance to go through this and to see if my brother and I can find the right place for us."
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