Interest in Raridon Builds

West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley DT Sam Raridon already holds an offer from Iowa. He's also getting attention from other BCS schools, one of which just entered the recruiting picture.

Sam Raridon isn't resting on his success. The first-team elite all-state selection is back in the weight room preparing for what he hopes is a senior season with a second Class 4A Iowa Title.

The Class of 2013 lineman from West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High was offered a scholarship by Iowa in September. Nebraska, Wisconsin, Purdue and Iowa State also have shown interest.

"I'm just taking it as it goes," the 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive tackle said. "I'm not going to make any decisions until I'm a senior. But, so far, only Iowa has offered me. If I get more, I'll make my decision after my senior season."

Raridon improved a great deal as his junior season advanced. He put himself in position to be the top player in Iowa for '13.

"I feel like I played well," he said. "I feel like the state championship game was probably my best game. I'm really happy with how the season went."

Raridon possesses the pedigree. His older brother, Scott, played for Notre Dame from 2002--05 and in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl after his senior season at Mason City (Iowa) High. He was the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state for '01.

The boys' father, Scott Raridon Sr., played offensive tackle at Nebraska before coaching at Notre Dame during the mid-'80s.

"When my dad went through (recruiting), it' was a lot different," Sam Raridon said. "Even when my brother went through it, it's changed a lot. But they know what's going on and have been a big help."

While Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Wisconsin have been recruiting Raridon throughout his junior season, the Boilermakers just recently jumped into the mix.

"I've gotten a couple of hand-written letters from Purdue," Raridon said. "They seem pretty interested."

The Hawkeyes are writing him frequent letters, Raridon said. Hand-written correspondence from college coaches usually is a good sign for a recruit.

"They send some hand-written stuff that's really nice to read," Raridon said. "I haven't really talked to any of them recently. I've kind of been busy. I'd be happy to talk to them whenever.

"They congratulated me on the state championship and being first-team elite (all-State). It's mostly general stuff like that."

Raridon anticipates attending junior days in the next few months.

"If I'm invited to some, I'd sure like to go out and get to some of those," he said. "I went to Iowa's last year. That was pretty interesting. I'm sure some other colleges would like to show off their facilities the same way. I'd be glad to go to some of those."

Raridon's lone sport is football, so that's where his attention is focused this offseason.

"I've already started lifting," he said. "I'll lift throughout the winter and then I'll probably start doing some running and speed stuff."

The goal is another state championship next fall.

"I can't even describe how amazing that was," Raridon said. "I know that I'm going to be able to just look back on that 50 years from now and be proud of."

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