Nebraska Commit John Raridon in Final Top 10 Midwest

Nebraska offensive lineman commit John Raridon finishes in the top 10 in the final Midwest rankings.

The Midwest's top prospects have lived up to their billing the last couple years. 

Our top prospects in 2012 (Adolphus Washington) and 2013 (Jaylon Smith) lived up to their expectations during their college careers.

The 2012 group is set to move on to the NFL with several, Sheldon Day (7), Aaron Burbridge (9) and Taylor Decker (12) set to be high draft choices. The 2013 will contribute to that as well with Smith, Laquon Treadwell (3) and Jalin Marshall (4) entering the draft early.

The 2014 class already has several including Sam Hubbard (2) and Malik McDowell (4) who look like future high picks as well, and the 2015 class already made impacts as true freshmen, particularly Terry Beckner (1) and L.J. Scott (5) who made numerous Freshman All-American teams.

Of course, there are always the Jack Conklins and Connor Cooks of the world who exceed the expectations of the recruiting rankings. Hopefully, we have done a better job of identifying some of those players. There are some surprises in this Midwest 150 and no doubt, there are players who will make an impact next season.

1. Jonathon Cooper, DE, Gahanna (Ohio) Lincoln - committed to Ohio State
An explosive edge rusher, Cooper was outstanding at every event he attended including The Opening last summer. An early enrollee, he could give the Buckeyes instant pass rush help.

2. Ben Bredeson, OG, Hartland (Wis.) Arrowhead - committed to Michigan
A classic Midwestern lineman, Bredeson is tough, may not say a whole lot, but plays to the whistle and buries the opposition. He had an excellent week at Under Armour, further cementing his status as one of the region's best.

3. Tommy Kraemer, OT, Cincinnati (Ohio) Elder - committed to Notre Dame
Notre Dame has had good luck with Midwestern offensive linemen like Zack Martin and Kraemer is next. He's skilled as both a pass and run blocker and was the best lineman on the East team at the Army Bowl.

4. Austin Mack, WR, Ft. Wayne (Ind.) Bishop Luers - committed to Ohio State
Mack had as good a senior season as anyone else in the Midwest. He impacted games in every way possible. An early enrollee with great size, it would be a surprise to not see him making plays for the Buckeyes next Fall.

5. Carter Coughlin, OLB, Eden Prairie (Minn.) - committed to Minnesota
Coughlin has been productive since his sophomore year at EP, but he went to national events and performed well and tested well, running in the 4.5s. He can cover, he can tackle, but we expect to see him rushing the passer off the edge as a freshman for the Gophers.

6. John Raridon, OG, West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley - committed to Nebraska
Raridon's junior and senior films are filled with pancakes and him driving defenders out of the screen. He's nasty and has great feet. His future could be at center, but he can also play guard for the Cornhuskers.

7. Cole Van Lanen, OT, Bay Port (Wis.) - committed to Wisconsin
Wisconsin getting a top flight in-state offensive lineman is nothing new. They had to fight off other Big Ten schools for Van Lanen, who can really bend and move, but also finishes strong, something we saw during Army Bowl week.

8. Brandon Peters, QB, Avon (Ind.) - committed to Michigan
Jim Harbaugh has told Peters he will redshirt, just the way Andrew Luck did, and from there, Peters may have a four year run under center for the Wolverines. He has a good arm, size and athleticism as well.

9. Liam Eichenberg, OG, Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius - committed to Notre Dame
Eichenberg has been recruited since his freshman season. Since then we've really seen him grow and his body type change. He has size, but also toughness and technical prowess. Those were all on display at Under Armour, where he was a top performer.

10. Demario McCall, RB, North Ridgeville (Ohio) - committed to Ohio State
One of, if not, the fastest player in the Midwest, McCall is slippery, explosive and can catch the ball out of the backfield, all talents that can easily be put to use in Urban Meyer's offense. He capped his high school career with a strong Army Bowl.


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