Green adds pair, Lodge a trio

As with every first week of spring football season at Cedar Hill, comes a flock of nearly every major college football program. This year, all come eyeing 2014 cornerback Marcus Green and 2015 wideout DaMarkus Lodge, both who added offers last week and look to continue rolling in week two.

On a Cedar Hill squad deep with talent in 2012, with a receiving corp that featured Texas A&M signee Laquvionte Gonzalez, Ole Miss' Quincy Adeboyejo, Iowa State's Brandon Harris, and Nevada's Travis Wilson, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound DaMarkus Lodge was the first off the bench, taking six catches for 59 yards - several of them key plays along the playoff stretch to the Class 5A-II state championship, where he and the Longhorns fell 35-24 to fellow Lone Star power Katy.

It was last spring that Cedar Hill head football coach Joey McGuire pronounced that his freshman receiver was set to be one of the best he's coached.

"Lodge will be special for many reasons," he said. "He has good size and speed. He has great body control in space which makes him special. Last, but not least, he has great hands."

"He has a chance to be as good as anyone we have had at Cedar Hill."

And his offers, by next season, will prove it.

Already with Texas and Arizona State entering week one of spring season, Lodge quickly welcomed Baylor and Utah Tuesday, April 30. Texas Tech then followed Wednesday.

"They said they only needed to see a few catches and they were sold," explained Lodge. "They liked my size and my hands, and my body control for my age. They said I'm just ahead of everybody else my age."

Texas A&M and TCU would agree, two programs that have quickly drawn a liking to the receiver. Lodge made a trip to the TCU campus March 29 for a spring practice; and still insists Texas A&M is a "dream school" of his.

"I've always liked A&M- way before this last year," he noted. "I grew up watching them. And I know they have a great engineering program, which is what I want to major in. Plus, Quiv is going there, and I know he loves it down there."

He smiled. "Let's just say, if they offer, I'll be very excited."

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It was in late January that 2014 cornerback Marcus Green went from no offers to two SEC in a week, reeling in Ole Miss and Missouri.

He then broke into the Scout 300 and was raised from three stars to four.

With his 6-foot-1, 170-pound size and a sound blend of speed, agility, and cat-like cover skills, things only look to continue upward.

As National Analyst Greg Powers reported in the fall, following Cedar Hill's 54-28 season-opening win over eventual 4A-I state champion Denton Guyer, "Coaches love big, versatile corners, so it makes sense that Green should be on the verge of some major offers really soon. He has that long wingspan that you can not coach and the quick feet and flexibility to go with it… Was matched up with Arizona State commit Ellis Jefferson for much of the game and made him a non-factor. Also showed the ability to come up and lay a lick."

Green capped his junior season in the Texas 5A-II State Championship, finishing with 65 tackles, 20 pass breakups and an interception.

He now has four offers, adding North Texas and Arkansas State last week.

"Nebraska is going to offer this week," he noted.

Baylor and UCLA are two others closely evaluating.

Communication with Baylor really picked up following Green's junior day visit Feb. 2.

"Coach Buckels told me they watched my film and they really liked it. They'll be up this spring."

Bears sit highly with Green and his family. Turns out Green's father Bobby Hunter grew up in Kemp, Texas, playing football at Kemp High School alongside former running back star Cedric Hodge, who was coached under Art Briles in the 1994 Texas High School Football All-Star game.

Briles has spent his entire coaching career in the state of Texas, spending 20 seasons in the high school ranks before landing his first collegiate position at Texas Tech in 2000.

"It's a small, small world," Hunter laughed. "We know a lot of the same people."

Green smiled, "Coach Briles is awesome. I would love to play under him. And open up the new stadium? (scheduled to be completed in August 2014) That'd be amazing."

Said Mcguire, "This is just the start… I am fired up for these guys."

Reporter's note: Hours after this story was published, Green added his fifth offer from Oklahoma.


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