Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Predictions for 5-Star WR Damarkus Lodge
Damarkus Lodge is a 5-star receiver who is one of the better prospects at his position in the 2015 class. Lodge has great size and length, plus he displays other traits that will make him a successful player at the next level.
Lodge is coming off a terrific junior season in Texas, but he's looking for more. He's also searching for the right program to utilize his talents properly in college, and he has many schools to sort through.
Lodge deserves a more in-depth look as a prospect.
Who Is Damarkus Lodge?
Lodge is a premier receiver prospect who attends Cedar Hill High School in Texas. He caught 72 passes for 1,255 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, according to 247Sports. He also carried the ball eight times for 176 yards and three scores.
Damarkus Lodge's Scouting Report: Strengths
The first thing that draws eyes to Lodge is his frame. He's a long-limbed athlete who is 6'2.5" and 190 pounds. Next, he is a receiver who plays the game with intelligence and strength.
Lodge appears to be a quicker-than-fast athlete who knows how to release versus press coverage. He uses his strength to fight through jams, plus he has quick hands. The Texas native isn't a speedster, but he glides well up the field when running routes.
He does a great job of running his patterns with a purpose. Lodge sinks his hips at junctions, which is why a tall receiver like him can skate away from defenders to separate. He also has the vision to know when he can settle between defenders to exploit holes in coverages.
Lodge is a natural receiver of the football, as he displays terrific hands and ball skills. He competes for throws in traffic, plus he knows he has the size and strength to be just fine when attacking across the middle of a defense.
After the catch, Lodge has the strength to break tackles and drag defensive backs for extra yards after contact.
Damarkus Lodge's Scouting Report: Weaknesses
There are faster receivers in this year's class than Lodge. He may have some trouble taking the top off the defense and becoming a consistent threat to safeties in college.
Lodge also will need to become a better blocker on the perimeter. With his size and strength, he's certainly capable of turning this into a strength.
Junior Highlights of Damarkus Lodge
Here are some impressive highlights of Lodge catching passes. The talented receiver was a major headache for defensive backs in Texas last season.
More Highlights of Damarkus Lodge
Here are some additional highlights of Lodge showing off his skills. Keep an eye on his great hands and ball skills here. He certainly looks like one of the best prospects in Texas.
Lodge could end up at several different schools, but watch out for LSU, Clemson, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Baylor. The Bears offer Lodge a chance to stay in his native state, while also playing in a pass-heavy offense that is receiver-friendly.
LSU's ability to offer Lodge a chance to compete in the SEC with other talented recruits will also likely be enticing. Lodge will sign up to play in Baton Rouge, where he will be a multiyear starter for the Tigers.
Jason Howell of Rivals.com (subscription required) wrote on April 22:
While Lodge has not narrowed his list at this point, he does plan to do so in the near future. He plans to have his choices narrowed down to a select few by the end of the summer, and to make a decision around the 2014 playoffs.