Preparing for Wisconsin

Even with the decision by his former head coach, West Des Moines (IA) senior defensive tackle Sam Raridon - the only tackle in the 2013 recruiting class - remains firmly committed to Wisconsin.

MADISON - With the high school season over for most teams, that usually means the players can relax and take a break. That isn't the case for West Des Moines Valley (IA) High and Wisconsin commit defensive tackle Sam Raridon.

The 6-3, 270-pound defensive tackle is not taking his foot off the gas and is working for the next level when he becomes a Wisconsin Badger.

"I've been in the weight room for a few weeks now working on strength," Raridon told Badger Nation. "In a few weeks I will start some speed training."

Raridon – a three-star defensive tackle ranked No.58 in the country by - ended his senior season short of expectations, but thought he improved over the season.

"The season went pretty well," Raridon said. "We didn't advance as far as we wanted in the playoffs, but overall it was a good season. I thought I played well and was awarded elite all-state at the end of the season. I pride myself on being an aggressive player, and I felt that I maintained that and also improved on technique and pass rushing."

While earning his offer at camp with an impressive performance in front of defensive line coach Charlie Partridge, Raridon committed to Wisconsin over Iowa. Developing a better relationship with Partridge then Bret Bielema, the decision by the former head coach has no impact on him.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Wisconsin," said Raridon.

When Raridon does make it up to Madison to compete, he's excited to work with Partridge and continue building his relationship with offensive line coach Bart Miller, who drove down for an in-school visit.

"He seems like a nice guy and a great coach from just meeting off first interaction," said Raridon. "All I know is ‘On Wisconsin.'"

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