Distance can be a real factor when it comes to recruiting. Some athletes prefer to stay closer to home when it comes down to making a decision. After all, home is comfortable and it’s what you know.
For three-star defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk, he wanted to know if he could overcome the distance factor on his official visit to Oregon over the weekend.
The 6-foot-7, 260-pound prospect out of Howard (Kan.) told eDuck on Monday night that he got his answer.
“Even though it’s so far away I feel like I’d be comfortable going away there,” he said.
Loudermilk spoke with several players, including Ducks sophomore linebacker and fellow Kansas prospect Jimmie Swain, about handling the distance away from home.
“I got to to talk to a lot of people and they just told me that it’s a great place and everyone’s from different places so everyone kind of relates to each other,” he said.
In fact, from football to academics, Loudermilk gave Oregon an overall rave review.
“The visit was great,” he said. “I had an absolute wonderful time and I got to see a lot of what Oregon is and what they do. It was great to go up there and see and it kind of helped a lot with what I thought about them.”
During his time with the coaching staff Loudermilk learned more about how Oregon operated and what it would take to see the field.
“Mostly the coaches talked about just where they see me and how they were going to get me there,” he said. “A lot talked about how I’d have to work, and where they think I’d be able to be, and how I fit in with the team and how they work as a team.”
But what blew him away more than anything was the academic support Oregon offers its players. Loudermilk was impressed with the student-athlete academic center on campus and the help they provide through tutoring.
“That’s one of the big things in my mind that I saw was how they treated their players with academics and how they got them tutors and what the tutors do for them,” he said. “It was amazing.”
When you factor in the in-game experience, which Loudermilk called ‘electric’, with everything else, Oregon appears to have improved its position going forward. But trips to Kansas State and Ole Miss loom in the future and if the Rebels extend an offer, it will be a four-team race down the stretch for Loudermilk.
“Right now I’d say it’s either going to be Oregon, Wisconsin, K-State and, if Ole Miss were to offer, Ole Miss,” he said. “So I’m going to go ahead and take a visit there just to see what it’s like and see what they have to offer.”