Taking a closer look at Wisconsin 2016 commit Isaiahh Loudermilk - a defensive lineman from Howard, Kansas

Taking a closer look at the incoming members of the 2016 recruiting class, BadgerNation profiles Howard (KS) West Elk defensive lineman Isaiahh Loudermilk

Isaiahh Loudermilk

Defensive Line

Commitment Date: 1/7/16

Commitment in the Class: 22nd


Accolades: Rated the No.1 defensive tackle in Kansas, No.9 in the Midlands and No.39 in the country ... first-team all-state in 8-man football by Kansas Football Coaches Association and Wichita Eagle as a senior, logging 97 tackles, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions along with 5 touchdown receptions ... helped 10-1 West Elk earn its first-ever playoff win as a senior ... first-team All-South Central Border League as a sophomore, junior and senior ... three-time all-district and all-area selection ... finished career with 267 tackles, 22 sacks and 3 interceptions on defense and logged 8 touchdown receptions on offense ... two-year team MVP ... first-team all-state in basketball by Kansas Basketball Coaches Association as a junior, averaging 19.2 points, 14.7 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game ... three-time All-SCBL in basketball ... also competed in baseball and track and field, winning conference title in shot put as a junior ... father, Carteze, played basketball at Independence Community College and Creighton.

Recruiting Story: Growing up in a family full of diehard Kansas football fans, Loudermilk admitted to never really getting caught up in the hype of the Jayhawks. In reality he was more of a Kansas State fan. Either way, the fact that the eight-man football star had early offers from Kansas, Kansas State and Wyoming by March 2015 was huge.

Wisconsin entered the picture in May, after Arizona State, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt had already offered him a scholarship. By late June, Loudermilk said Kansas State and Oklahoma State were probably his top two schools but he still had more visits to take. When Oregon offered in mid-August, the list became a top three.

Although they were outside his top group, Wisconsin wide receiver coach Ted Gilmore maintained a steady contact. He talked to Loudermilk almost every week and built a relationship strong enough that Loudermillk was willing to drive to Madison with his family for an official visit in October. It ended up making a huge impact.

Admitting he didn’t know much about the Badgers before coming to campus, Loudermilk said he was “blown away” by the atmosphere, how welcoming the people were and how he would fit into Wisconsin’s defense. By the time he left, UW was one of his top schools.

He took an official visit to Oregon a month later and had visited Kansas State several times, not to mention stopped at Oklahoma State and other Midlands schools during the summer, but Loudermilk kept coming back to the atmosphere created by 80,000+ screaming fans at Camp Randall. When he announced his decision at his school, Loudermilk picked up and put on the motion W hat.

Why Wisconsin? “That visit changed pretty much everything. I really wasn’t thinking Wisconsin at all, and I would just go up for a visit to check it out. Right after I went there, it’s been my top school … My mom liked all the visits, but she said she could see that I liked that (Wisconsin) visit more. I talked about it more to people; I was more excited about it.”

Scouting Report: He's a great athlete for his size, showing tremendous agility and change of direction. Loudermilk plays along the defensive line, 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. – Scout’s midlands recruiting analyst Derek Young.

Coach’s Quote: “When you're looking at the film and evaluating it, there are some things that jump out, size in Isaiahh jumps out, his athleticism. I remember seeing a couple of clips with just a big guy with balance and body control … As you get to know them, you will see he's a young, exciting prospect. He's a puppy, and he's just going to grow. Their weight room -- his coach is a great guy and they're doing a heck of a job in their program and they were kind of embarrassed I said let's go see the weight room and it truly was the closet off of the gym. But they had it all in there and the kids used it and so they were proud of that. Yet I think that once Isaiahh gets here and stops playing other sports he's a guy that's just going to continue to get better and better and improve.” – Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst

BadgerNation Prediction: Loudermilk doesn’t know anything different than eight-man football, not having played 11-man football since sixth grade. That’s a little bit of a blessing, as it forced Loudermilk to be quicker and more agile in order to make plays in the backfield with all the wide-open spaces in the secondary. He even did some work as a middle linebacker last season, improving his football IQ as he watched how the play developed in front of him and gave him a better grasp on all the moving parts. But while evaluating skill position players is more challenging in eight-man, linemen tend to be a more accurate evaluation, and Wisconsin saw a big man who is very well coordinated and, with time, can develop into a productive defensive end.

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 Loudermilk’s recruitment to the front because of how impressed he was with everything the Badgers had to offer.

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