Midlands 2015: Top Receivers

Scout.com five-star Damarkus Lodge leads a talented group of wide receivers in the Midlands for the 2015 recruiting class...

1. DaMarkus Lodge

Cedar Hill (Texas) Cedar Hill
6'2 | 188

Recruiting Interests: Clemson, Ole Miss, LSU, Texas A&M, Texas, Baylor, Oklahoma, Ohio State, UCLA

Evaluation: 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.


2. Alex Ofodile

Columbia (Missouri) Rock Bridge Sr.
6'3 | 190

Recruiting Interests: Alabama, Iowa, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Stanford, Louisville, Missouri, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan State

Evaluation: Really enjoyed breaking down his film and watching the highlights on this kid. He is a tall, lengthy playmaker. He has the ability to jump in to the air and contort his body to make tough catches. One of the ones who seems to just hang up there in the air. His quarterback looks to him often and he draws the attention of the opposing defense at all times, but is still very hard to stop. An outside receiver with great ball skills.


3. Carlos Strickland

Dallas (Texas) Skyline
6'4 | 195

Recruiting Interests: Alabama, Baylor, California, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, , TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech

Evaluation: Strickland is the tall and wiry wide receiver who always seems to be open. He runs clean routes and then uses his size and reach to make sure catches. He still has some things to prove on the field, only getting his hands on 10 balls as a sophomore. Played behind some solid talents in a stacked program. Has the size and skill to be considered a clear cut offer, but junior tape and play may dictate how high he climbs.


4. Kemah Siverand

Houston (Texas) Cypress Ridge
6'0 | 180

Recruiting Interests: Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Wake Forest

Evaluation: A great route runner, who uses quickness and savvy to get open anywhere on the field. He creates great separation and can sink his hips in and out his breaks. Good hand, eye coordination. Looks the ball in and catches away from his body. Leading receiver on a team that likes to run the football. He is the type of receiver who will get open consistently and that you can get the ball to often.


5. Ryan Newsome

Aledo (Texas) Aledo
5'9 | 170

Recruiting Interests: Baylor, Texas Tech, TCU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Oklahoma State

Evaluation: Newsome has elite levels in speed and quickness. He is an inside receiver who has developed in to his team's the big play guy in almost every facet. He is hard to contain in the open field because he has the speed to turn even the most basic play into a highlight reel play. He is one of the most elite return men in the entire country, setting touchdown records in high school. He will be fun to watch in college as his future team will likely utilize his speed in a variety of ways.

Keep an Eye On: Jalen Guyton, James Proche, Devontre Stricklin, Adrian Miller, Jaelan Austin, Kevin Thomas, John Humphrey, Dahu Green

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