Loudermilk said playing close to home will make an impact on his recruitment but, far away schools like Arizona State still have a chance. He said he wants to officially visit ASU this fall.
“Closeness, it’s one of the top (factors),” Loudermilk said. “But, with the other ones that are up there like Oregon, Arizona State and Wisconsin, they’re kind of the farther away schools that I’ve seen and kind of have been interested in just because they’ve all been really good teams.”
Loudermilk is a 6-foot-7, 260-pound defensive tackle from Howard West Elk Junior-Senior High School in Howard, Kan. Even though he plays 8-man football at a small rural school, Loudermilk is a three-star defensive tackle, ranked the No. 14 defensive tackle in the Midland region and the No. 71 defensive tackle in the country.
Therefore, he received a lot of attention from the colleges in his area. Loudermilk even told Scout.com in June that Kansas State and Oklahoma State are his top two schools.
In the offseason, Loudermilk visited Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Missouri.
He has not made a trip to ASU but wants to. He said if he makes it to Tempe, it will be for an official visit and he has not yet set a date with ASU coaches.
“I don’t know much about them,” Loudermilk said. “I just know that they’ve been one of the top schools these last few years. I’m hoping to get a visit in so I can see what it’s like.”
Loudermilk said he communicates with ASU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.
He wants to make a trip to ASU to not only learn more about the program but also see if he could live in Arizona for the next four or five years.
“Pretty much the main thing is how I feel there,” Loudermilk said. “I feel comfortable that’s the main reason why I’ll pick a school.”
So far, Loudermilk only has one official visit planned, to Oregon. He does not have commitment time in mind and would like to make more visits before makes a decision.