Offensive line coach Mike Summers hit the road for the first time this spring on Tuesday when he visited offensive lineman Josh Wariboko (6-3, 310, Oklahoma City, OK Casady) at his school.
“It was really cool to see Coach Summers all the way out here to see me,” Wariboko said. “It was really nice because he spent the whole day at the school talking to my head coach and the assistants. It was real cool to see him there for me. He even stayed afterwards to watch me practice. That meant a lot.”
Coaches are not allowed to have lengthy conversations with the prospects at school so afterwards Wariboko gave Summers a call to talk more with the Gators offensive line coach.
“I was talking to him on the phone afterwards and he told me that I’m the first offensive lineman he visited this spring, that was nice to hear,” Wariboko said. “He was telling me about the tradition at the school and how Florida needs offensive line this year and that there is a great opportunity for me to be a part of what he’s building there. He was telling me that I could fit in at multiple positions on the line as well.”
This was Wariboko’s first time to see Summers in person and the veteran coach left a good feeling in the prospect’s mind.
“I can tell that he’s an easy going and calm guy but at the same time he gets his work done,” Wariboko said. “You can tell that he really knows what he’s doing though but I do like his calm approach to the game.”
Summers didn’t only make a good impression on the offensive lineman but he also left a good impression with the coaches at Casady High School according to Wariboko.
“My coach really liked him,” Wariboko said. “My coach said that they had really good conversations about me and that he really liked Coach Summers as a coach and as a man. That says a lot to me about Coach Summers.”
After seeing and talking with Summers on Tuesday the Oklahoma prospect says he will return the favor and visit Summers in Gainesville.
“Yeah, I’m going to make sure I visit Florida,” Wariboko said. “I’m going to try and take an unofficial visit and an official visit Florida but if the unofficial doesn’t work out then I will definitely take an official visit.
Wariboko recently decommitted from Oklahoma and he can tell that a few schools have turned up the heat on him.
“Florida is starting to recruit me real hard, they are picking it up, I can tell that,” he said. “Ole Miss and OSU are recruiting me real hard too. I’ve told everyone though that I’m going to take it slow since I’ve already made one commitment. I want to make sure I get it right this time.”