Entering his junior season, DaMarkus Lodge already had secured several scholarship offers, but still had a lot to prove on the field.
As a sophomore in 2012, he paid his dues getting limited playing time behind a quartet of division one signees -- most notably Quincy Adeboyejo, who signed with Ole Miss and Laquvionte Gonzalez, who signed with Texas A&M.
But after helping Cedar Hill to a 5A State Championship he has emerged as one of the premier wide receivers targets in the country, checking in as the No. 2 overall player at the position.
As a junior, he hauled in 72 passes for 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns to go with 176 rushing yards and three scores, earning District 7-5A Offensive MVP and Honorable Mention All-State honors.
Lodge is a receiver who transcends the ‘possession style’ moniker, but with his combo of skills that is not a bad way of looking at his game. He has the playmaking ability and concentration to make major catches in traffic, using his size to his advantage. He is a good route runner as well with big, strong hands. He has tremendous length.
He explodes off the line, driving defensive backs off the ball, respecting his ability to beat them for the deep ball, but setting them up for other routes, which he runs quite effectively. He has strong hands and good after the catch running ability.
He shows a knack for stepping up and delivering the marquee play when his team calls on it. During Cedar Hill’s State Championship march he averaged two scores per contest, most notably hauling in a three-yard touchdown pass in a 34-24 win over Katy (Texas) High at AT&T Stadium in the 5A-D2 title game.
On the recruiting front Lodge has secured offers from a who’s who.
Schools like LSU and Alabama are most recent to jump on board joining programs such as Arizona State, Baylor, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and UCLA.
He is looking forward to trying to win back-to-back state titles in 2014.