Committed Over: Howard (KS) West Elk defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk committed to Wisconsin over finalists Kansas State and Oregon. He also had offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma State and a handful of others.
Rated: Loudermilk is currently ranked the No.1 defensive tackle in Kansas, No.10 in the Midlands and No.46 overall in the country by Scout.com.
On Film: He's a great athlete for his size, showing tremendous agility and change of direction for someone 6-7 and 260 pounds. Loudermilk plays along the defensive line for West Elk, showing a tremendous first step and quick burst. He'll have a lot to learn as he transitions from eight-man football to the high-level college game, but he's someone with all the raw tools. He'll be extremely raw, but having the skills and tools necessary to excel. – Midlands Recruiting Analyst Derek Young.
Recruiting Impact: This was the cherry on top for Wisconsin, which made it a huge priority in 2016 to add talented prospects to an already young defensive line group. UW was hopeful that they could land Lake Forest (Ill.) Academy three-star prospect Thomas Schaffer and Loudermilk, but Schaffer announced his commitment to Stanford Wednesday night. Even if Wisconsin had missed on both players, Inoke Breckterfield will be able to work with ends Luke Benzschawel and Tyler Biadasz and nose tackle Garrett Rand – we think – in 2016.
Counting up the unofficial numbers, Wisconsin is currently at 84 of its 85 scholarships, meaning the Badgers have one spot available for the running back they covet. However, UW’s top target – four-star Kyle Porter out of Katy (TX) High – came out with a top three Wednesday of Arkansas, Texas and TCU. That means the Badgers have missed out on all three primarily options for their tailback since Antonio Williams de-committed. Not good, especially a little more than three weeks from signing day.
Quotable: “I went there and (Wisconsin) has been my favorite throughout this whole thing. I haven’t talk to them very much about what I’m going to be doing, but I talked to the defensive line coach (Breckterfield) and he said he is going to put some more weight on me and see where it goes. I don’t know the big change going from eight-man to 11-man on the line. I don’t think it’s too much different but it’ll be a lot more studying film and studying plays I have to learn.” – Loudermilk.
Final Thought: Loudermilk is the poster child of why Wisconsin values its seven home games so much, a chance to showcase its program, atmosphere and energy on a game day. Wisconsin went from middle of the pack in Loudermik’s recruitment to the front because of how impressed he was with everything the Badgers had to offer. While there are a lot of questions considering just how good Loudermilk is because he plays an unorthodox style of football, consider the amount of power five schools that offered him. That should put some fears to rest that the Badgers nabbed a talented player with high upside.