Howard (KS) West Elk defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk wanted so badly to bring his mom, his aunt and his uncle on his official visit to the University of Wisconsin that the foursome drove 10 hours one way to save a little cash.
Getting a chance to soak in the atmosphere surrounding the Badgers’ home game on Saturday, the 6-7, 260-pound Loudermilk admits that it was time well spent.
“I was blown away by it,” Loudermilk told BadgerNation. “They had 80+ thousand fans and they were all involved. The ‘Jump Around’ thing that they do, that was just fun to watch. The way their fans got into it, that was the best part.”
Wisconsin is in the market to add one more defensive lineman in the 2016 recruiting class, joining defensive tackles Tyler Biadasz and Garrett Rand and defensive ends Luke Benzschawel and Keldric Preston. Getting a chance to reconnect with wide receivers coach Ted Gilmore, who has been his recruiting contact, Loudermilk got a sense of what his future would be like if he picked the Badgers.
“We mostly talked about how I would fit in,” said Loudermilk, who is being recruited as an end. “We talked a little bit about football and the type of people they recruit. I talked to their defensive line coach – Inoke Breckterfield – and we talked about how they use their defensive linemen, how they want to get defensive linemen like me who are tall and big. We talked about how they would use me. We just scratched the surface on it.”
“They were all just talking about how they were comfortable there and how all the coaches are nice,” said Loudermilk. “Even though they had to get ready for football, they all had a great time with their coaches. They pretty much said it was a great place to be all around.”
Ranked a three-star recruit and the No.71 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, Loudermilk said he has his official visit to set to Oregon for Nov.20-21. He also wants to take an official to Kansas State and possibly Ole Miss should the Rebels offer.
Planning to make his final decision by December, Loudermilk acknowledged that his official visit to Wisconsin really improved his stock in the Badgers.
“It gave me a different view of a few schools,” said Loudermilk. “I’d say Wisconsin is one of my top schools now, just because everything about the visit was great. I couldn’t say anything bad about it. It was packed full of things I thought fit me well and people I felt I could be comfortable around. They are probably one of the top schools now.”