Raridon Discusses Iowa

John Raridon made his way to Iowa's junior day on Saturday even though he's only a sophomore. The West Des Moines Valley lineman came away impressed with the Hawkeyes and talked about picking up a scholarship offer at the event.

John Raridon has a plan to stay humbled and focused. It can be a challenge when you're picking up FBS scholarships as a high school sophomore.

"I just need to set higher goals," the Class of 2016 prospect from West Des Moines Valley said.

Iowa became the most recent school to extend an opportunity to Raridon when he visited the school Saturday for a junior day event . The Hawkeyes joined Nebraska and Iowa State.

"I don't think I have to rush Into things and my main focus is to win state with the team I'm on now," Raridon said of the early attention.

Iowa impressed the 6-foot-4, 260-pound sophomore on Saturday.

"I really liked the O-Line coach (Brian Ferentz) as well as (Head) Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," Raridon said. "And the new facilities looked pretty amazing."

Raridon boasts impressive bloodlines. His oldest brother, Scott, played for Notre Dame (2002--05) after competing 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.

Sam Raridon received an Iowa scholarship offer early in his junior season at Valley but committed to Wisconsin as a gray shirt in the '13 Class. The boys' father, Scott Raridon Sr., played offensive tackle at Nebraska before coaching at Notre Dame during the mid-'80s.

Scott Sr. attended the Hawkeyes junior day with John on Saturday.

"My dad and I were pulled into Coach (Kirk) Ferentz's office and we talked a little about football," John said. "Then, he told me they were going to offer me. I was kind of surprised."

The young Raridon learned that the Iowa coaches prefer aggressive linemen.

"They said they really liked my film and they like the way I finish blocks," he said. "Once you get there, nothing's guaranteed. You have to work to get a starting spot."

Raridon is scheduled to attend Nebraska's junior day on Feb. 1. He'll have something to compare it to after seeing Iowa just a few weeks earlier.

"I really like the (Hawkeyes) coaching staff and facilities," Raridon said. "I look forward to checking out more of the campus."


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