Ethan Loder is a junior at 4A Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg. The 6’3”, 185 pound, quarterback for the Vikings is a tremendous student being on the Honor Roll with a 4.0 GPA. Ethan started every game for the Vikings this past fall. He compiled 1,785 total yards on offense, racking up 965 through the air and 820 with his feet. The junior quarterback went 72-158 passing with 13 touchdowns. Ethan received 2012 Central Kansas All-League honors. Ethan also wrestles for the Vikings, a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and active in the Swedish Folk Dancers. VR asked Ethan some questions about his high school experience, his activities away from football, and his experience with VR so far.
How did you get involved in athletics?
- My parents encouraged me at a young age and I loved it. I didn’t have a sport I didn’t like. Both of my parents were athletes, and they wanted me to be involved in team as well as individual sports because of what I could learn from each.
Who do you look up to or do you have any role models that motivate you?
- I look up to my dad. He has encouraged me my whole life and has always been so positive with me. He helped me develop my skills, learn from my mistakes, and has always encouraged me to continue to improve. He was an outstanding athlete himself, and has had many opportunities to draw experience from.
From a football sense, what part of your game has improved the most?
- Probably my decision making. I concentrated on getting better with each rep last season. Constant and never ending improvement is a goal my dad has instilled in me.
On the other hand, what part of your game are you still improving?
- Every part of it. Part of being a good athlete is always looking for ways to improve your skills, working hard every day, and setting goals.
- Wellness and weights. I enjoy the exercise and time with my friends and teammates.
What will you remember most about your high school experience?
- I have great football memories and a super group of friends. I am blessed by both.
What type of college are you looking for?
- I am looking for a college with a strong academic side, and a reputable football program. I want to make the most of both of those opportunities.
What are your career goals after college?
- I’m not sure right now. I know I want to do something that I will enjoy and look forward to every day. My parents have always taught me that it is important to love what you do, and to follow your purpose.
Besides football and school, what other things are you involved with?
- I’m also on the wrestling team, and have been wrestling since I was 3 years old. I am active in my church praise band and youth group. I am a dedicated lifter, and spend the spring season in the weight room. I lifeguard and teach swimming lessons in the summer, and help my grandpa with his construction business.
Talk about your interest with Swedish dancers. How/When did you get involved with this?
- I started with dancers as a freshman. There are a lot of opportunities for travel, meeting new people, and experiencing some things that I wouldn’t have otherwise. My parents have always encouraged me to be well-rounded. Dancers have a way of bringing you out of your comfort zone and trying new things. It’s been a great experience.
What attracted you to the Varsity Recruit services?
- My parents have known Levi Esses for several years and really liked him on a personal level. I knew that they would be able to help me get in touch with colleges that would fit my needs and help me reach my goals.
- My family has been very impressed. They have done a great job, always looking to help me in the best way possible. The things they have put together for my profile have been very professional.
What has been the most beneficial part to what they have to offer?
- They are able to put together everything for coaches in one package. They know what they’re doing and what coaches are looking for. They are going to get me where I need to be.
If you were to recommend VR to a friend or peer, what would you tell them?
- Choosing a college is a big decision. I’m glad I have someone to help me make those choices. They have spent time getting to know me and my family, and finding out exactly what I would like to do after high school. They are the experts.
Anything else we should know about you?
- Varsity Recruit has done for me thus far, and for the coaching staff at Smoky Valley. They have all encouraged me and helped me along the way. The last thing – I can’t wait for football season!