Three-star defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk will journey to the Pacific Northwest this weekend for an official visit to Oregon.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect out of Howard (Kan.) told eDuck that this will be his first up close experience with the Oregon program when he arrives on Friday.
“Ever since I started paying attention to college football I’ve always heard the name Oregon Ducks,” Loudermilk said. “I’ve actually been watching them quite a bit. A lot more this year than I used to. But I watch them on TV every now and then and they’re a team that when I first started getting a few offers I’d mess around with some of my friends and say that I’m waiting for Oregon to offer because I honestly didn’t think they would because I had never talked to them.”
So when Oregon began talking to him over the summer and an offer arrived shortly thereafter, he was shocked. Loudermilk said that through his conversations with defensive line coach Ron Aiken, he’s found out the Ducks like him as a defensive end and want him to develop into a player in the mold of DeForest Buckner.
“He’s kind of talked to me a lot about him and saying that’s kind of what they’re wanting from me,” he said. “Play like that and he said I have the height and the size.”
Loudermilk indicated that this weekend will go a long way in seeing whether or not he’d be able to handle the distance from home.
“It’s not a huge factor,” he said. “But it is a little bit.”
Only Wisconsin has received an official visit so far from Loudermilk and he said he felt it was a place he felt comfortable and felt he could fit in at after speaking with the coaches. Kansas State and Ole Miss could also receive visits next month before a decision is reached.
If anything, K-State could benefit if Loudermilk decides not to venture too far away from home.
“I’ve always known K-State had a great football program and they are a team that’s close to home and it’s an in-state school,” he said. “I’ve talked to a lot of the coaches there too so that’s a school that I’ve been looking at for a long time.”