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Wariboko brothers likely to trip to Hill again
Max and Josh Wariboko.
Arkansas hosted the Wariboko brothers, Josh and Max of Oklahoma City Casady on Feb. 28 and a return trip looks likely this month.
Josh Wariboko, 6-3 1/2, 310 pounds, 5.35 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is a highly recruited offensive lineman with more than 25 scholarship offers from schools like Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Clemson, Southern Cal, UCLA, Tennessee and Texas.
He plans to narrow his list down to 10 or 12 schools in the near future and recently said the Hogs were in a good spot to make the cut. His relationship with offensive line coach Sam Pittman is a big reason.
“Coach Pittman, I’ve been knowing him for a long time now,” Wariboko said. “I talk to him frequently. I like him a lot.”
Pittman and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney visited the school last Friday before arriving in Little Rock later in the day to see North Little Rock receiver K.J. Hill.
Wariboko was impressed by Arkansas’ academic presentation during the February visit. He’s uncertain on a possible major.
“It really depends on the school I actually attend, but at Arkansas I like the business school,” he said.
Several factors will go into Wariboko’s decision.
“I’ll say resources after college, along with a really good group of people and obviously a good football program, but not only that but real good people,” Wariboko said. “Great academics too.”
When he’ll make his decision is up in the air.
“I don’t have a set date or anything, but I’m thinking about after my season,” Wariboko said.
Max Wariboko, 5-10, 170, 4.51 seconds in the 40-yard dash, is a junior defensive back with offers from UCLA, Louisville and Tulsa. He recalled his experience at Arkansas.
“Everything is on a hill,” Max Wariboko said. “So you’re going to have to walk and get some exercise and I kind of like that. I think the engineering building was one of the nicest. It was just crazy. I’ve never seen such a nice campus like that the trees, I loved it.”
He plans to major in engineering and came away impressed with department and professors.
“They were very welcoming and they told me everything I needed to know and gave me their cards,” Max said. “It was a good experience. I felt really really comfortable with those people.”
Attending one of Arkansas’ Elite camps is important to the younger Wariboko because the brothers want to play together in college.
"I am probably going to go," said Max, who will be joined by Josh should he attend.
He believes the two going to the same school will benefit both.
“Being together, it would be way more easier and more comfortable,” he said. “We can help each other. Just having family there on campus with me is just way better than not having that feeling.”
Max is also a fan of Pittman.
“He is so funny,” he said. “He is the funniest person I’ve ever met. I just love talking to him.”
In addition to Arkansas, Wariboko plans to attend the Oregon State camp in Texas. He also plans to camp at Clemson, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He’s looking at his brother’s recruitment as a learning experience.
“One of the things I’ve learn, is don’t be overwhelmed, don’t be stressed by it,” Max said. “It’s a business and it’s crazy and it can really stress you out. There’s going to be stress and just be honest with people and everything will work out.”
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