Offer Number Two for Raridon

Doing drills at Wisconsin's one-day high school camp, West Des Moines (IA) defensive tackle Sam Raridon didn't compete like a player with only one scholarship offer. The Wisconsin coaches remedied that on Sunday by extending its second known offer of the day.

MADISON - In Sam Raridon's eyes, his one-day camp at the University of Wisconsin could ‘not have gone any better.'

Not only did the 6-2, 255-pound defensive tackle from West Des Moines physically dominate the opponents put in front of him, Raridon left the campus with his second scholarship offer after sitting down with Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema.

"Wisconsin is obviously a great school for academics and football, so it's great to get an offer from them," Raridon told Badger Nation. "I was really impressed with the new facilities that they have going on. The city of Madison is awesome. I am really happy to have the offer because it'll be a great school to go to."

Starting around 9 a.m. working with Charlie Partridge for the first time, Raridon – who visited Wisconsin last fall for the Badgers' conference opener against Nebraska - said he fed off the high energy that UW's defensive line coach was bringing into his group.

"I was kicking people's (butts)," said Raridon. "I really respect him as a coach. He is a real charismatic guy and I really like the way he coaches. On top of that, he is a good teaching coach that makes sure you know what's going on.

"The coaches said I played very aggressive and they liked the way I was able to split double teams. They were very impressed with that and my pass rushes. I think they mostly just liked how powerful I was in my drills."

The Wisconsin camp was Raridon's third and final one of the summer, following stops in Lincoln, NE and Iowa City on Friday. The Hawkeyes were Raridon's first offer last September and Raridon admits that Iowa is the early favorite.

"I really like Iowa and I have been able to build a relationship with the coaches a little bit more than everyone else," said Raridon. "We've been in contact quite a bit, and they probably have a little edge since they offered me first."

In addition to Iowa and Wisconsin, Raridon has been talking to the Nebraska coaching staff but unlike his two offers, the Cornhuskers are recruiting Raridon at center. Although Nebraska seems him at a position he hasn't played since the eighth grade, the Cornhuskers are in his top three along with his two offers.

"I am definitely a defensive line guy, so I don't know what Nebraska is going to do," said Raridon. "I thought I competed pretty good at their camp on the offensive line."

Raridon wants to make his final decision by the start of football season.

"I've got two great choices to choose," said Raridon. "It could be early August, but definitely by the end of the summer."


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