Wariboko, McGinnis must-haves for OU

OU is working hard to close out its 2015 class in a strong way, and Wariboko and McGinnis would go a long way toward making that happen.

By this time, the recruiting class is almost complete. There are a few more pieces lingering out there, for sure, but a program like Oklahoma knows what it’s getting less than a week away from national signing day.

As it stands, OU has nine commits in the final Scout 300. That could change as the dominoes all fall into place, but the Sooners are in a good spot to land another top 15 recruiting class.

The possibility remains of things being even higher, especially if OU can nab these two top prospects on Feb. 4.

A look at one offensive prospect and one defensive prospect who are absolute must-haves for the Sooners next week.

Oklahoma City Casady offensive guard Josh Wariboko

Wariboko, ranked No. 2 in the state, is easily the No. 1 overall target in the eyes of Sooners Illustrated. Getting Wariboko would be one heck of a way of everything coming full circle.

The Scout 300 originally committed to OU in June 2013 and stayed that way until the spring when he decided he needed to explore more options.

More options have come, but the Sooners never went away. The relationships were rebuilt with OU coaches Bill Bedenbaugh and Bob Stoops, and OU put itself squarely in the hunt once again when this season rolled around.

OU is facing stiff competition from UCLA and Ohio State. The Buckeyes, riding that wave of momentum after winning the national championship, have definitely caught Wariboko’s eye in the last couple of weeks to go along with his official visit during the season.

UCLA has become like a second home for Wariboko, who has made multiple trips to Los Angeles in the recent months.

All three schools would love to have him, but OU is the school that needs to get him. After all the time and energy spent by the coaches, it would be a horrible sign to see another local prospect head out of state.

OU’s offensive line class is pretty stout, both interior linemen and offensive tackles. Wariboko, though, isn’t just another piece to the puzzle. He could be the piece.

Wariboko is set to announce on signing day.

New Orleans Warren Easton Charter linebacker Arthur McGinnis

At this point, it seems like overkill to talk about OU’s need at linebacker. The Sooners only have one committed for the class and certainly need at least one more.

If it’s only one, OU fans would rest a little easier if it is indeed McGinnis. Funny thing with recruiting is there’s no way of knowing how things would have been different had McGinnis visited Bedlam weekend like originally planned.

A high school playoff conflict changed the visit and now McGinnis is making his first trip to Norman this weekend.

The task won’t be an easy one for OU as Arizona and Texas Tech have taken their best shots but getting the last one could be the most important one.

McGinnis has built a nice rapport with co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery, and OU is certainly going all-in to land the coveted prospect this weekend.

OU needs a true middle linebacker, and McGinnis could certainly be that guy.


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