DaMarkus Lodge could be big weapon for LSU

Five-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge could be exactly what the LSU offense needs to improve through the air. Get to know more about Lodge talented pass catcher via the Scout Spotlight

There's no doubt LSU had something missing in its passing attack during the 2014 season. But you try replacing two 1,000-yard receivers like Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry and not miss a beat. It can't be done.

LSU fans will certainly expect more in 2015 though, and the Tigers think five-star wide receiver DaMarkus Lodge could be exactly what they need.

There's a reason why he's a consensus five-star prospect, one of the 33 best players and top four receivers in the country, according to Scout. He's been a key cog for the Cedar Hill offense, one of the premier powerhouse programs in talent-rich Texas. Here's this official scouting report from Midlands analyst Greg Powers:

"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. Has only had limited reps and experience and could end up as one of the region’s best by the end of his high school career."

As Powers said, Lodge is more than just a "possession" receiver, but that's something LSU sorely needs. Landry was the perfect example of how important a dependable guy is in go-to situations. He had the sure hands and physical route running to become a favorite third-down target for Zach Mettenberger.

LSU didn't have that this season, and the Tigers frequently found themselves in third-and-long scenarios too difficult to convert. Trey Quinn and John Diarse showed flashes of dependability this season, but not consistently enough to solidify their standing heading into next season. Travin Dural and Malachi Dupre should have the outside positions locked down, but that slot is wide open for someone like Lodge.

LSU will certainly have competition though. A former Texas A&M commit, several schools have been linked to the five-star pass catcher. He's mostly spent the fall focusing on his senior season, which will culminate this weekend in another state title game. The month of January will heat up his recruitment, and the Tigers hope to stay in the mix.

It'll help that Cedar Hill quarterback Justin McMillan will be on LSU's campus by the time Lodge is ready to decide near National Signing Day. The two took official visits in October, and several LSU coaches stopped in to visit with Lodge over the last couple weeks.

While other programs with more prolific passing attacks may be more enticing to Lodge, the Tigers have a need on which they can sell him, and maybe that sends one of Texas' best down to Baton Rouge.

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