Josh Wariboko-Alali has trimmed some weight this summer and turned even more heads of recruiters with impressive showings at camps.
The Casady offensive lineman holds 23 scholarship offers and at one time was verbally committed to Oklahoma.
But it’s his special relationship and desire to play collegiately with his younger brother Max that has everyone talking.
“Ultimately, Josh has got to make a decision for Josh,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “Max is a year behind, he’s a completely different kid, Max may change his mind and there’s too many factors that would change in a year. I know it would be nice for the boys to be at the same school, especially for Mom and Dad, but I don’t think in my opinion it’s a deal breaker.”
Wariboko-Alali is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 ranking of the top recruits in the state for the 2015 class following an impressive summer that propelled him from No. 2 on all previous lists.
He’s always been close with his brother — an 18-month gap nearly assures that — but they got even closer last summer at a church camp.
It was there Max said he noticed they started spending more and more time together.
It’s also likely that’s when they decided they wanted to play together at the next level.
“We definitely have both schools we like together and trying to get on some visits together, but it’s more about finding the right fit for both of us,” Josh said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a deal breaker or anything, but it’s our dream and goal to play together.”
Even Josh admits when Max gets an offer from a school he already has one from, it is “a big plus.” Max, a defensive back, has offers from Louisville, Tulsa and UCLA — all of which have made an offer to Josh.
But even Max realizes they could up at different colleges.
“That would be a blessing to go to the same school, stay together and if we have a problem we can help each other,” he said. “If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out, but that’s the goal.”
One thing that is for sure is that Josh will likely land at a top-tier program.
Among his plethora of offers, he’s narrowed it down to Florida, Florida State, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, OU, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC. Wariboko-Alali also said he will take all of his official visits during the season, but only to schools he is truly interested in. He has one scheduled for Nov. 22 at UCLA when the Bruins host rival USC.
He also shed 25 pounds this summer — dropping to around 308 pounds — to become an even stronger force at left tackle.
“We went up against 6As in Oklahoma and 5As from Kansas in team camp, and anytime we went over the left side there was a hole there,” Scoville said. “He’s always been big and tough and athletic and finishes plays, but now it’s getting to the point where he’s just a dominating figure on that side.”
Now, there’s the hope that Josh and Max can be a dominating force together, not just this season but in the future.
“That’s why I want to do it in college,” Max said. “There’s nothing like playing with your family and both succeeding.”