All about trust for Wariboko, OU

Sooners got in nice and early with Josh Wariboko. It paid off with a commitment but keeping him is going to be tough although he has been a man of his word to this point.

It's called a verbal commitment when a recruit says he's going to attend a certain school. But it's never easy to keep your word. Nobody ever means to break the bond, but life happens.

Things get even more difficult when you commit to a place almost a full 18 months before you even have to sign at the certain school. You never know what's going to happen.

Things are happening like crazy for Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko, but he remains 100 percent committed to Oklahoma no matter what other people might be insinuating.

Wariboko, ranked No. 2 in the state and firmly entrenched in the Scout 300, pledged to OU and offensive line coach Bill Bedbenbaugh on June 27. He still has nearly 12 whole months before he has to put the pen to paper, and OU is proving to be smart for attacking Wariboko as early as it did.

The other schools have come and are still coming. LSU, Texas A&M, USC and Florida State are just some of the top-tier schools who have offered Wariboko.

His name is getting tied to unofficial visits left and right, but Wariboko wants it to be known he's not looking elsewhere.

"I know there's a silent type of backlash when people hear things like that," Wariboko said. "But I've been honest with the OU coaches. I've let them know I'm still 100 percent with them."

Wariboko's main goal is to try to help his younger brother. Max Wariboko is a Class of 2016 prospect, and in Josh's mind, whatever he can do to help his brother, he's going to do so. If a school will allow Josh to bring Max for the unofficial visit, that's more exposure for Max.

There might be criticism for Josh for making a trip, but it's mission accomplished on his end if Max gets seen and gets time with coaches.

But Josh Wariboko isn't stupid, either. When it came to Texas' junior day last weekend, he realized the perception would be awful if he was in Austin, OU's biggest rival. He tweeted a message of good luck and congrats to his brother for Max's trip to Texas, but Josh stayed home.

Fans might not be 100 percent in agreement with what Wariboko has done so far, but the OU coaches aren't butting in. They're trusting Wariboko at his word.

"They completely understand," Wariboko said. "A lot of people think I might be having second thoughts, but I'm not. Not at all."

For all the rumors of Wariboko looking around, the only place he has been this month was back in Norman for OU's first junior day. Wariboko was one of just six offensive linemen prospects invited to the relatively small gathering.

Schools view junior days in different ways. Texas had more than 70 prospects in Austin on Saturday. OU had around 25. It's a different atmosphere, and one Wariboko really enjoyed.

"It went really well," Wariboko said. "I got to bring my parents so that was a lot of fun. I liked the smaller group. It felt a lot more intimate."

All Wariboko is focusing on is his senior season and becoming the best offensive guard in the nation. He's not the only Oklahoma City Casady player getting recruited, but he is the highest profiled one.

The offers came in droves during the fall and tailed off a bit until the Seminoles came calling a couple of weeks ago. Wariboko appreciates the offer, but he immediately recognizes another aspect of that offer.

"I'm blessed that they keep coming in, but it helps because it gives a lot of publicity to my teammates and to my brother," Wariboko said. "I'm not second-guessing anything."

Wariboko has been a man of his word so far, and the Sooners continue to trust Wariboko will continue to honor his portion of the commitment.

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