Midlands Recruiting Mailbag (4/22/14)

Josh Wariboko

Scout.com tackles questions in its weekly Midlands Recruiting Mailbag feature...

Q: The 2015 rankings were recently updated and I see that Greg Little is the No. 2 prospect in the country and the only Texas five-star. Are there any other five-star caliber players in Texas?

A: Actually, as ypu pointed out, Little is rated as a five-star prospect. He is one of five nationally, BUT the prospects in the Class of 2016 are actually not ranked as of yet. They are just listed in alphabetical order or in order by position. What four and five star rankings you see for 2016 on Scout are prospects who are on the Scout300 National Watch List for that class. The first numerical or ordered rankings have not been submitted or updated on the site to this point.

Q: Can you talk about the state of the North Texas football program as it comes to recruiting?

A: I actually think that things are certainly on the rise there or at the very least trending in a more positive direction here recently. They have a nice new stadium and had a very good season on the field in 2013, which spurred the best signing class that I have seen them have in my time covering the region. The Class of 2014 commitment list is littered with prospects who I recall being very solid high school talents.

Q: Is USC transfer quarterback Max Wittek a lock for Texas?

A: Without really knowing Wittek I would have to think the fact that he has taken three unofficial visits to UT says a lot. I do not know enough to say he is a lock, but from all I hear it sounds like he is certainly strongly leaning that way. He was most recently there this past weekend for the spring game and with Ash sidelined I would think that he sees a path to the field. Still its not a completely depleted roster at the position, and I would not think that Wittek is guaranteed the starting role in Austin this up coming year or next. So there is more competition there than what a typical D1 transfer quarterback may like to transfer in to. That would be the red flag. But I think he fits the offense well and he has been there on multiple occasions. Last season, in six games at USC, he completed 14-of-26 passes for 212 yards, one interception and zero touchdowns.

Q: With Josh Wariboko's decommitment should I be worried that Oklahoma only has four commits at this point?

A: I do not know if I would be worried, but since submission of this question OU has suffered another big decommitment in defensive tackle Du'Vonta Lampkin. But in regards to Wariboko, I would be upset to lose a mammoth interior offensive line commit, who is nationally coveted, off the commit list. But the good news is Wariboko is still saying OU is a school of high interest for him, and it would not be a surprise to see him end up in the crimson and cream by the time signing day rolls around. His younger brother Max Wariboko is starting to secure interest and as the two travel around the country looking at schools and talking to coaches it made more sense for Josh to not be committed. I get that line of thought and personally I respect the decision that was made. Just as an FYI, OU only had four commits at this exact same time last season.

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