When it comes to playing football, Isaiahh Loudermilk doesn’t know any different.
While most high school athletes around the country have grown up learning the schemes and strategy of 11-on-11 football, the 6-7, 260-pound Loudermilk has rarely played a game with more than 16 players on the field.
“The only time I ever played 11-man was my sixth grade year,” Loudermilk told BadgerNation. “It’s just a lot of open field that demands speed. It forced people to have to move quicker.”
That’s perfect for Loudermilk, as speed is one of the prime components of his game. Playing both sides of the football for Howard (KS) West Elk, Loudermilk says the defensive line is the hardest aspect between the two in eight-man but a challenge he embraces.
“My length, just using all the length I have to get places, makes things easier,” he said.
Wisconsin offered him a scholarship Tuesday with the notion he could play either defensive end or defensive tackle in its 3-4 defense.
“They talked to one of my coaches a week ago, but I didn’t expect them to offer so quickly,” said Loudermilk. “Beforehand I look up some stuff about them but I don’t know a lot yet.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Loudermilk claims offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, Northern Iowa, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Wyoming. While he claims no leader, he says his whole family are Kansas fans while he enjoys watching Kansas State. He is undecided about his upcoming camp and visit schedule.“I really haven’t thought much about it,” said Loudermilk. “I plan on committing a little bit before my season or during it.”