The No. 2 offensive guard in the nation and Nebraska 2016 commit John Raridon from West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley was in Lincoln this weekend. The Scout.com Top 300 player used the opportunity to talk to the new staff again and really connect with some other recruits.
"This was my second chance to meet with the new staff," Raridon said. "I had a good opportunity to meet with them again and build some relationships with the other recruits like Jared Bubak, Christian Gaylord and Michael Decker."
:22 – ‘17 prospects Keyshawn Johnson Jr. (4-star) and Darny Holmes (5-star).
1:06 – Nebraska ’16 prep Cade Johnson, son of former Husker Clester Johnson.
1:12 – Former NFL Pro Bowler Keyshawn Johnson.
1:45 - Nebraska 2016 commit Jared Bubak.
2:06 - Juco CB prospect Maurice Chandler.
2:30 – JUCO OT prospect Quinn Mittermeier.
When you watch the film on Raridon you see a player that plays with an edge to him. He has a way of finishing blocks that defenders would just rather not line up against him on the next down. Raridon saw a little bit of that in the game on Saturday.
"I really did like that aspect of the game. Coach Mike Cavanaugh seems to work a lot more on hand placement and technique than the other staff did I think. I really like Coach Cav's philosophy."
It seems that Raridon could play either of the two interior line positions according to discussions between him and the new staff. That's fine with Raridon despite not having a lot of experience playing center. Raridon wants to do what's best for the team and wants to get on the field as soon as he can.
"I haven't played much center, but I want to play which position the coaches think that I can help the team most and help me play the soonest. Coach Cav said that I have as much of a chance as anyone to come in and play. He told me how they evaluate lineman through the summer to determine whether they will redshirt or not."
Nebraska fans have to love that Raridon has made it back to Lincoln again since the new staff has been hired. He isn't sure when the next time will be that he will get back again, but he's eyeing a summer visit and multiple home game visits this season.
"I am not exactly sure," Raridon said. "I know that I will get back to Lincoln again this summer and definitely in the fall for some games."