Defensive tackle Sam Raridon received a scholarship offer from the University of Wisconsin football team after a dominating performance at the team's one-day summer camp a little more than a week ago.
Raridon, from Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, committed to the Badgers on Monday, picking them over Iowa.
But Raridon's ties to UW go back much further. His mother, Traci, threw the shot put for the UW women's track and field team. His father, Scott Sr., played at Mason City (Iowa) High School under Barry Alvarez, the current UW athletic director and the school's former football coach.
"We talked about it as a family, and Sam just really liked Wisconsin and it helped that my wife had such a great experience there in Madison," Scott Sr. told the Des Moines Register. "We got up (Monday) morning, and he was feeling good about it, so we just said, 'Why don't you go ahead and commit?' "
The 6-foot-3, 264-pound Raridon, a consensus three-star prospect, is ranked No. 57 in the country at his position by Scout.com. He was an all-state selection as a junior by the Des Moines Sunday Register, after collecting 42 tackles, with seven for loss, on a team that captured the Class 4-A state title.
Raridon did not immediately return a message seeking comment.
"It was a pretty hard decision between Iowa and Wisconsin, but (Wisconsin) feels like a great fit for me," Raridon told BadgerNation.com, adding he was impressed by the city of Madison and defensive line coach and co-coordinator Charlie Partridge.
"I had a really positive experience with him," Raridon said of Partridge. "He came off as a very charismatic, high-energy guy. He wants to make sure you understand everything they're doing and what he's trying to coach."
One of the players who admittedly struggled attempting to block Raridon at the camp a week ago Sunday was Hayden Biegel, an offensive tackle who committed to the Badgers last week.
Scott Raridon Sr. was an offensive lineman at Nebraska after winning a state title under Alvarez in 1978. He later played for the Philadelphia Eagles and also spent time as a strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame, where his son, Scott Jr., played.
"Believe it or not, we haven't tried to get (Sam) big," Scott Sr. told the Register. "We've done a lot of focus on running and speed, just trying to keep him as athletic as he can be for a big guy."
Sam Raridon was selected in May to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is the ninth known commitment in the Class of 2013, which is projected to have about a dozen scholarship members.