Nebraska offensive lineman commit John Raridon joined Mike'l Severe on "The Bottom Line" Wednesday.
Topics discussed include his offseason, why he committed to Nebraska so early, his thoughts on the coaching staff change and more.
Watch the full interview and read an excerpt below:
How’s your offseason been?
It’s been going good. Just been lifting and playing some summer basketball.
What made you commit to the Huskers so early when you picked last September?
I was just visiting there for a home night game, and you know that song they play — what is it, “Sirius” — before they walk out? The fans were going crazy and I just got a feeling that I just didn’t get anywhere else, so I just decided right then and there to pull the trigger.
So you commit, then the coaching staff got fired. What was going through your mind when that happened?
It didn’t really bother me, to be honest. I had a feeling that could happen either before I got there or soon after I get there, so I tried to make my decision based on other aspects of the school and not the coaching staff.
Talk about coach Mike Cavanaugh and the relationship you’ve built with him since the new staff was hired.
I’ve gotten to talk to him on the phone a couple times. I talked to him up at their place. He seems like a pretty fun guy to be around, like when you’re not working he’s going to be a guy to joke around with you, just one of the guys. But you can tell he is serious on the football field, and I’m excited to play for him.
Have you had a chance to talk with some of the other commits in your class?
Yeah, I’ve talked to them when we’ve been visiting together. I’ve talked to Christian (Gaylord) and Jared Bubak. I haven’t had a chance to talk to (Bryan) Brokop much. I only met him once.
You get a chance after the season to go to the Army All-American game. What was it like to find out you’d been invited to the game?
I was just kind of surprised. I wasn’t really thinking about it. My older brother, Scott Raridon, he played offensive tackle and long snapper at Notre Dame. He went to the Army All-American Bowl. Just seeing him go there as a kid, it’s been a goal of mine for a long time. It just felt pretty good to be able to see that come to life.
When you’re not working out, what do you do for fun?
I love to golf, believe it or not. I golf probably four or five times a week. I usually go with my quarterback. He beats me, but I’m not too bad. ... I usually shoot like a 42 or 43. Par would be like 36.