High school football: Casady's Josh Wariboko-Alali getting a taste of success

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman is gaining interest from many Division I schools, and he recently won the discus and took second in the shot put at the SPC championships.
by Jacob Unruh Published: May 15, 2013
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photo - Casady football player Josh Wariboko-Alali poses for a photo at Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Casady football player Josh Wariboko-Alali poses for a photo at Casady High School in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 15, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Casady sophomore Josh Wariboko-Alali is starting to get an early taste of success.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman recently won the discus and took second in the shot put at the Southwest Preparatory Conference championships to complete a season in which he set school records in both events.

“I still kind of don't believe it, but I guess it happened,” Wariboko-Alali said. “It's just a blessing because so many want to be a champion but it just happened to me.”

Wariboko-Alali, though, isn't just turning heads in track and field; he is starting to garner a lot of interest from Division I schools across the country as the Cyclones conduct spring practice this week.

The lists of letters continues to grow each week, but it already includes Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Auburn, Nevada, Colorado, Colorado State, Nebraska, LSU and Alabama.

And this all started with a promising showing at the U.S. Army National Combine in January, where Wariboko-Alali stood out among a strong group of sophomores.

From there, he attended the Rivals/Under Armour camp in Dallas in March, where Rivals named him the top underclassmen at the event.

Now, he plans on attending as many camps as possible this summer with Miami on the list among others. He also recently visited OU, where he attended part of the spring game.

“We've always known Josh was special, but there's a lot of kids that have the frame,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “Josh has got the athletic ability to go along with it. He's a basketball player; he's a school record holder in discus and the shot now. He's just a fantastic athlete for his size.

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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