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.
“He's also got the attitude on and off the field you want. He's a fantastic young man. He works hard in the classroom and then he is just a workhorse on the football field.”
Casady plans to take full advantage of Wariboko-Alali's size and athletic ability during the next two seasons by building around him, where he will protect the blind side of quarterback T'Quan Wallace and then provide the lead direction in the rushing attack.
Last season, Casady switched to the spread offense and Wariboko-Alali flourished at tackle.
“Our former offense it was kind of contained, but ever since we've switched to the spread it's allowed me to play with more power,” he said. “I don't have to play so conservatively and it allows me to play my game.”
Wariboko-Alali isn't sure where the recruiting trail, but he is planning on enjoying the process.
In the meantime, he will continue to improve on and off the field.
“I do not ever want to stop growing in my success,” he said. “That's something my father he's always taught me — and my mother — not to ever get complacent with anything. I'm still hungry for it. I'm always hungry for success and that's never going to change.”