Raridon plans Husker Jr. Day visit

Defensive tackle Sam Raridon might not hold an offer from Nebraska yet, but with his family ties to the program and his past relationship with new defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski, it's very likely.

Mark down another player with major ties to the program heading to Nebraska junior day.

West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley High's Sam Raridon, the son of former Husker offensive tackle Scott Raridon, will be taking the trip over on I-80 to hear what the Huskers have to offer.

The 6-foot-2, 260 pound defensive tackle has visited Nebraska before, but not since new defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski has taken the job. The two's relationship goes back to last year, when Raridon participated in Iowa's summer camp.

"I think Nebraska's interest did pick up when he got there. I sort of felt that he helped get me the offer at Iowa," said Raridon who is also getting interest from Oklahoma, Purdue, and Wisconsin. "He worked with me at their camp and was really impressed. He was a big contributor to me getting the offer from Iowa. I think he probably mentioned me in their recruiting department."

Football runs deep in the Raridon family. Not only did Sam's father play college football, but so did older brother Scott Jr. at Notre Dame in 2002-05. He was a U.S. Army All-American out of high school after winning the Iowa Gatorade Player of the Year at Mason City high school in 2001.

His older brother was willing to leave the state to play football, what about Sam?

"I'm pretty much open to going anywhere, but the only reason I might be drawn to Iowa is that I have visited there several times and am very familiar with the coaches," said Raridon. "I'm very impressed with them. The facilities are great as well, it's a good program. But I wouldn't go to Iowa just because I grew up in the state and have been a fan. I'm open to going anywhere.

"I'm looking for a good football program, a good staff, and location is really not that important to me. I would also say facilities are pretty important."

So what did the junior like about Nebraska when he visited?

"The atmosphere of the place is really great. I was really impressed with the facilities," said Raridon who visited during a game last season. "I got to talk with the coaches just a little bit, but overall, it was a good visit."

Stay with BigRedReport.com and FoxSportsNext as we continue to track the 2013 class.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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