Update (2/3/2016): Isaiahh Loudermilk has signed to Wisconsin.
For Isaiahh Loudermilk, hard work and constant practice have helped him develop into a more complete player. Coming off his junior season, the 6-foot-6-inch, 250-pound defensive end from West Elk High School in Howard, Kansas, reflected on both the positives and negatives of the season.
“I personally think I could have done more for the team,” Loudermilk said. “This year we missed the playoffs by a game and that was disappointing for us, but I thought it was a pretty good season overall.”
Loudermilk said he currently has 12 offers from colleges across the U.S. From the schools that have offered, Loudermilk said he was really interested in Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Wisconsin, Missouri and Texas Tech as potential suitors.
“My recruiting journey is going pretty good so far,” Loudermilk said. “It slowed down for a while but it’s starting to pick back up with all the visits I’ve made to schools.”
Loudermilk couldn’t really find the words to describe his playing style but explained that his size is one of his biggest strengths. He mentioned that, at his position, there aren’t many players who can match up to his size. As dynamic as Loudermilk may be on the field, he explained that he is working on improving several things during the offseason.
“Right now I’m training to improve my speed and quickness with a trainer,” Loudermilk said. “At school we do weight training so I’m using this to get stronger.”
Looking back at his freshman season, Loudermilk mentioned that he was not a defensive player at first. He spent his first few seasons only playing on offense until about his sophomore year when he started lifting weights more.
“Ever since then it’s just gotten better,” Loudermilk said. “My plan is to work hard in the weight room and study football tape to learn a little bit more about the game.”
Loudermilk mentioned the importance of a good education when it comes down to who he will choose to play for in college. He also said he was interested in majoring in physical therapy. He emphasized that he wants to a school where he will feel comfortable.
“I’m trying to get a feel of which schools I like right now,” Loudermilk said. “Hopefully when I feel comfortable with one I can make a decision.”
With his final season of high school football on the horizon, Loudermilk said he has set a few goals for himself and his team. He mentioned that West Elk High School has never won a playoff game and how great it would be if he could help bring them that win. Loudermilk went on to mention the need for him to become a leader.
“I’m just trying to do my best for the team,” Loudermilk said. “I used to not be very vocal on the team but now I think I will have to be.”
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