As of late, the Illinois Fighting Illini have been putting in some much needed early work in on the 2016 recruiting class. On Wednesday, the Illini continued that hard work by extending an offer towards 2016 offensive guard John Raridon.
Illinois is the sixth team and fourth Big Ten team to offer at Raridon. Currently, he has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin.
He has named an early favorite, but it seems as though the West Des Moines offensive guard is leaning towards the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
So far, Raridon has made multiple unofficial visits to Lincoln, Nebraska.
Right now, the 247Sports Crystal Ball has John Raridon playing his college ball in the Big Ten, but not for the Illinois Fighting Illini.
The majority (80%) of the experts predict the Cornhuskers to land the 2016 recruit while 20% of the experts predict Iowa to steal him away.
One thing is clear when it comes to the past few offensive linemen that the Fighting Illini have offered at as of late. That is that Tim Beckman and company are looking to add beef to their O-line.
The past few offensive linemen to receive offers from Illinois have been 6’5″+ and 275+pounds. John Raridon doesn’t fit the mold perfectly at 6’4″, 160 pounds, but he’s too much of a talent to pass up.
The five-star recruit is currently ranked 1st in the state of Iowa, 1st among offensive guards, and 33rd among 2016 high school recruits by 247Sports.