Offensive Lineman
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 315
Year: Junior
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
High School: Valley
Major: Business Administration


Honors & Awards
» Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016; Spring 2018)

2019 Season Outlook
Junior John Raridon is among a group of players looking to make a leap in 2019 and compete for playing time on the interior of the offensive line. Raridon focused on guard during spring practice, a position where Nebraska must replace two-year starter Jerald Foster on the left side.

Raridon has also seen practice time at center, but has provided depth at guard the past two seasons and appeared in three games last fall. He was also a 2018 Academic All-Big Ten selection in the classroom and is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. 

Raridon is a second-generation Husker offensive lineman, as his father Scott, was a three-year letterwinner from 1981 to 1983. 

2018 (Sophomore)
Raridon saw action in three games as a sophomore, playing on the offensive line against No. 16 Wisconsin, Bethune-Cookman and Illinois.

2017 (Redshirt Freshman)
Raridon added depth to a veteran Husker offensive line in 2017. He made his career debut on the road against Oregon in his only game of the season. Raridon was a member of Nebraska’s travel roster for all five road games.

2016 (Redshirt)
Raridon redshirted and worked on the scout team offensive line. 

Before Nebraska (Valley HS)
Raridon was one of the first commits to Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting class, pledging his intent to be a Cornhusker in September of 2014. Raridon is a second-generation Cornhusker, joining his father, Scott, who played offensive line for the Huskers. 

Raridon helped Valley High School in West Des Moines rank as one of the top prep programs in Iowa over the past several years. As a senior, Raridon’s dominant blocking helped Coach Gary Swenson’s team to a 10-3 record and a trip to the Class 4A state semifinals. The Tigers had a powerful offense, scoring better than 40 points seven times during the 2015 season. Raridon stacked up at least five pancakes in every game, with several double-figure pancake efforts.

Raridon was named to the Elite Team on the Des Moines Register’s 2015 all-state football team, marking his third straight year with that recognition. He was also a first-team all-state selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association, and made USA Today’s Iowa all-state team and was an honorable-mention Parade All-American.  

During his junior season, Raridon helped Valley High to a 10-2 record and a trip to the state quarterfinals as a first-team all-state pick. Raridon first earned all-state accolades during his sophomore season, when his play helped Valley High to a 10-3 record and a berth in the state semifinals.

Raridon participated in the Army All-American Game in San Antonio in January. He was a consensus choice as the top overall player in Iowa by,, ESPN and 247Sports. He was a consensus choice as one of the top 10 offensive guards in the nation, including No. 2 by Raridon was also a two-time academic all-conference choice off the field. He also participated in basketball at Valley High and helped the school win the Class 4A state title in 2016.

Raridon only visited Nebraska but had numerous offers including Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Wisconsin.

John is the son of Scott and Traci Raridon, and he was born on Feb. 28, 1998. The older Raridon was a three-year letterwinner from 1981 to 1983, helping Nebraska to three Big Eight titles, three Orange Bowl appearances and two NCAA rushing titles. John is majoring in business administration. He has volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, Husker Heroes, NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 and local hospital visits.

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