As a football recruit from the state of Iowa, John Raridon is in a category by himself.
The offensive lineman from West Des Moines Valley High School is believed to be the only member of the 2016 senior class from instate to currently have a scholarship offer from Iowa.
Of course, that means little now since Raridon has made a verbal commitment to Nebraska, where his father also played football.
But it shows how Iowa fluctuates on a yearly basis when it comes to producing major college football recruits.
At this time last year, Iowa already had received verbal commitments from five players from in state. By the time signing day came in February, Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class had nine players from in state.
Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz also offered a 10th scholarship to a 2015 in-state player, but Cedar Falls offensive lineman Ross Pierschbacher signed with Alabama after having been committed to the Hawkeyes for eight months.
“Certainly, with the guys we have coming from Iowa, we feel good about them," Ferentz said at the signing day press conference in February.
Iowa currently has two players committed to its 2016 recruiting class, and both are Wisconsin natives.
Quarterback Nathan Stanley, who is from Menomonie, Wis., committed to Iowa in November, while running back Toren Young, who is from Monona Grove, picked the Hawkeyes in January.
The Iowa coaches have hosted at least three Junior Day events in which players from in and out of state took a closer look at the program.
There still is plenty of time for Ferentz to extend offers to 2016 recruits from instate with the national signing day in February still 10 months away.
Some of the top candidates for offers would appear to be Urbandale offensive lineman Jake Heinrich, Chariton tight end T.J. Hockenson, Cedar Rapids Washington cornerback Isaiah Nimmers, Mount Pleasant quarterback Joe Hess and Cedar Falls offensive lineman Spencer Williams.