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MADISON - Expected to be an aggressive defensive tackle on Wisconsin’s defensive line for the next several years, former West Des Moines (IA) Valley lineman Sam Raridon has made a choice to not pursue a college football career.
BadgerNation has learned that Raridon has enrolled in classes at Wisconsin, but has informed the UW coaching staff that he won’t be joining the football program.
Attempts to reach Raridon were unsuccessful, but a UW official confirmed the news.
Raridon committed to Wisconsin in June 2012, picking the Badgers over a reported offer from Iowa after a strong performance in front of then-UW defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. Raridon was told by the coaches that he was the best defensive lineman UW had in its two camps, and only needed eight days to accept the offer.
“The coaches said I played very aggressive and they liked the way I was able to split double teams,” Raridon told us at the time. “They were very impressed with that and my pass rushes. I think they mostly just liked how powerful I was in my drills.”
Raridon – once a three-star defensive tackle ranked No.58 in the 2013 recruiting class by Scout.com – originally was on full scholarship, but switched to a grayshirt in order to add more weight to his frame without losing a year of eligibility.
He was expected to compete this spring as a true freshman until his decision.
Wisconsin has 24 verbal commits in the 2014 recruiting class and, unofficially, have 84 of its 85 scholarships accounted for.