Raridon Talks Iowa

Sam Raridon will continue his move through the recruiting process this weekend with a junior day at Nebraska. The 2013 DT from West Des Moines talks about the Huskers, a recent junior day at Iowa and what might be next on the trail in this update.

Sam Raridon has seen a lot of what there is to see at the University of Iowa. At a recent junior day, he heard what he wanted to hear.

"I had a good talk with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz," the 2013 defensive tackle from West Des Moines Valley High said. "I hadn't really gotten to sit down and talk to him until then. As far as the visit, the facilities and everything I had seen before. I was still impressed with them, though."

Iowa offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder back in September. He's been building a relationship with the Hawkeye coaches while waiting for offer No. 2.

"It was really the first time (he and Ferentz) had talked about recruiting stuff," Raridon said. "I think they like me because of my strength and I'm an aggressive player on the D-line. I feel like they're pretty interested in me from talking to the coaches. It makes you feel wanted."

Raridon is scheduled to attend a Nebraska junior day on Saturday. He's a Husker legacy with his father, Scott Raridon Sr., having played offensive tackle at Nebraska before coaching at Notre Dame during the mid-'80s.

"I took an unofficial to (Lincoln) for a game," Sam said. "I feel like they're interested. I think I'll have a better idea when I visit there (Saturday)."

Raridon reports that he's also hearing from Wisconsin, Oklahoma and Purdue. He's planning on camping with the Badgers and Huskers this summer.

Raridon said Iowa State is contacting him. He said the Cyclones are interested but have not offered him a scholarship.

"I feel pretty good about (the recruiting process)," Raridon said. "I feel like I'm doing everything I can do. I don't think I could be doing anything better."

Assistant Reese Morgan is leading Iowa's recruitment of Raridon. Ferentz recently move the veteran coach from the offensive line to the defensive line.

"I trust that he would be a good D-line coach; just as good as he was an O-line coach," Raridon said. "I feel like he knows what he's doing."

Raridon is preparing himself for a strong summer and senior season at Valley.

"I've been in the weight room four days a week," he said. "I'll probably start conditioning in a couple of weeks."


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