Raridon Hosting Coaches

Big Ten rivals Iowa and Nebraska dropped by West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High this week to see '13 DT Sam Raridon. He talked about the meetings and the latest with his recruitment with Hawkeye Insider.

Sam Raridon isn't the worrying type. That could serve him well during the recruiting process.

The 2013 defensive tackle was unfazed when Iowa recently accepted verbal commitments from two players at his position in the class. Raridon's lone scholarship to this point is from the Hawkeyes.

"I heard about it," the West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High product said. "I'm not really concerned. I know they have a lot of interest in me.

"From what I understand, they really like me as a defensive lineman. I don't really see why that would change."

Hawkeye Defensive Line Coach Reese Morgan, who recruits the state of Iowa, visited Raridon and teammate Jake Campos at Valley on Monday.

"I love Iowa and they're always in my thoughts," the 6-foot-2, 255-pound junior said. "I talk with Coach Morgan quite a bit. It's nothing really football related. We just chat. Yeah, things with Iowa are great."

Raridon also is hearing from Nebraska and Wisconsin, schools at which he plans to camp this summer. His father, Scott Raridon Sr., is a Husker alumnus.

"Coach (Barney) Cotton likes me at the center position," Raridon said. "I haven't played the O-line since like eighth grade. I don't have any experience at center. But he likes me at the center position.

"I'm going to go to their camp and see what's up. I feel like my relationship with them over there is good. I've gotten to know the staff over there and I already knew (Rick) Kaczenski from visiting Iowa. I'm comfortable with their staff."

Cotton visited Valley High on Tuesday. He talked to Raridon about playing center.

"It's not completely out of the question," Raridon said. "I think I'm going to play offensive line a little bit this year for Valley. But I'm definitely a defensive guy. The position I really like to play is defensive line."

Raridon said that Wisconsin is contacting him the least out of his top three schools.

"I've been up there for visits and I've gotten to know everybody a little bit," he said. "I'm definitely comfortable with them."

Assistant Chris Ash is leading the Badgers' recruitment of Raridon. They also see him on the defensive line.

Iowa offered a scholarship to Raridon in September. The foundation of their relationship has been put into place since then.

"It's more of a getting-to-know-you-better process at this point," Raridon said. "I've been there plenty of times and talked to all of the coaches. They've sold enough. They really don't have to advertise with me anymore."

Raridon liked that his lead recruiter, Morgan, switched from coaching the offensive line to the defensive front this offseason.

"I think he'll do well there," Raridon said. "The whole staff at Iowa has experience. They know what they're doing. I have trust in them."

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