Coveted Oklahoma offensive guard Josh Wariboko is beginning to narrow things down in his nationwide recruitment process. The 6'3.5", 319-pound prospect is primarily focused on eight collegiate programs, a collection he tweeted to the masses Monday:
TOP 8‼️ RT and show love! pic.twitter.com/1B7KTcz0kN— josh. (@JoshuaJ45) August 18, 2014
Wariboko, rated sixth nationally among offensive guard in 247Sports' composite rankings, remains one of the most highly pursued offensive linemen in the 2015 class. The 4-star prospect originally pledged to the in-state Sooners but backed off that verbal pact in April.
Despite distancing himself from the team, Oklahoma remains in the picture for now.
"I knew I wanted to take some more trips without bringing into question my integrity or my family's integrity," Wariboko told Rivals.com's Josh McCuistion shorty after decommitting. "I didn't want to say I was committed and take trips, that didn't seem right."
You have to respect the honesty, and after exploring a variety of options, he could wind up in Norman after all. However, Oklahoma faces serious competition for his signature.
Oklahoma State would also love to keep the Oklahoma City native on his home turf, as he leaves his West Coast destinations open with USC, Cal and UCLA still in the mix. Louisville, Ohio State and Texas A&M also land on the list.
Though we don't have an indication of when Wariboko plans to finalize his decision, there's a particular cluster of squads to keep tabs on along the way.
Oklahoma can't be counted out because of his longstanding relationship with the Sooners coaching staff. However, a pair of Pac-12 squads appear to be strong contenders.
USC and UCLA each hold commitments from 5-star passers, so it's imperative the offensive line is able to keep them upright in the coming years. Wariboko is a beastly interior blocker who exhibits excellent technique when facing a pass rush.
His body will undergo a transformation on campus as he leans out and builds a stronger base for leverage. Ultimately, this comes down to Oklahoma versus UCLA.
Wariboko visited the Bruins in June and is slated to use an official visit on campus this fall. UCLA has managed to build an impressive collection of offensive skill players and now aims to beef up the offensive front to free up those skill players.
The chance for immediate action in a young, up-and-coming offense gives Jim Mora's Bruins the edge here. Wariboko will find a home at UCLA.
Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.