Commentary

Fast-rising WR Jarboe picks Oklahoma

Originally Published: January 5, 2008
By Billy Tucker | Scouts Inc.

ORLANDO -- Wide receiver Josh Jarboe, who saw his stock rise exponentially this week after flashing outstanding receiving skills as an Under Armour All-American, will be taking his updated No. 3 wide receiver ranking to the University of Oklahoma next fall. Jarboe chose OU on Saturday over Georgia, Florida and LSU.

"I just really felt at home there and really bonded with the players and coaches," smiled Jarboe.

Current holding down the No. 14 spot on the ESPN 150, Jarboe praised the entire OU coaching staff but one specific coach in general.

"Coach (Chris) Wilson is a good recruiter. He is one of the main reasons why I chose Oklahoma."

Wilson, a former linebacker under Barry Switzer for the Sooners, currently coaches the defensive ends, but his recruiting touch off the field is what drew in Jarboe.

"To be honest, I am not really sure what position he even coaches," joked the physically-imposing receiver.

"He is a great guy though and really made me feel at home." Early playing time also appeared instrumental in the state of Georgia's top-rated player's decision. Jarboe said the Oklahoma coaches promised him his jersey number but more importantly the chance to make an immediate impact. With the fluidity and soft hands we saw this week to complement his superior physical tools and top-end speed at the position, we expect him to haul in a bunch of grabs from Sooner quarterback Sam Bradford next fall.

Oklahoma claimed the No. 7 spot in our last class rankings but with Saturday's commitment from Jarboe, OU's seventh ESPN 150 member in deep class with numbers and quality, expect a move up by February. On offense, Oklahoma fans have to be excited with the offensive nucleus headed to campus next fall in ESPN's No. 1-rated running back Jermie Calhoun (Van/Texas), No. 3-rated quarterback Landry Jones (Artesia/N.M.) and now the No. 3-rated receiver in Jarboe, all who have impressed as team Red Under Armour All-Americans.

Billy Tucker is a recruiting coordinator for Scouts Inc. and has close to a decade of coaching experience at the college and high school level. Tucker has served as a recruiting coordinator for two nationally ranked Division II colleges. Most recently, he was the associate head coach and defensive coordinator for Merrimack College, which advanced to the Sweet 16 in the 2006 NCAA Division II playoffs.

Billy Tucker

Scouts, Football Recruiting
• Recruiting coordinator for ESPN RecruitingNation.
• Nearly a decade of college coaching experience.
• Was recruiting coordinator at nationally-ranked Division II colleges.