Signee Spotlight: DaMarkus Lodge

Over the coming weeks, the Ole Miss Spirit will roll out a comprehensive breakdown of each 2015 Rebel signee. Today, we take a look at five-star WR DaMarkus Lodge.

DaMarkus Lodge
Wide Receiver

Scout Rating: *****
Scout Rank: 2
Size: 6-2, 190
Hometown: (Cedar Hill)
Cedar Hill, Texas
Projected position at OM: Wide Receiver

Accolades: An Under Armour, USA Today and MaxPreps All-America selection … Rated a 5-star prospect by and 4-star by the other major recruiting services … Listed as the No. 21 overall recruit by, No. 57 by, and No. 57 by … Rated the second-best wide receiver in the country by … also tabbed him as the No. 5 prospect from the state of Texas … Led Team Armour with four catches for 42 yards in the Under Armour All-America game … Led Cedar Hill to back-to-back Class 6A Division II state titles and was named Offensive MVP of the state championship game in both 2013 and 2014 … Hauled in four passes for 101 yards and two TDs in the championship game his senior year … As a senior, had 63 catches for 1,218 yards and 25 TDs, while rushing for 127 more yards and a score on 15 carries … Had 72 catches for 1,255 yards and 22 TDs as a junior … Named second team All-State by the Associated Press as a senior … District Offensive MVP … Academic All-District … Invited to Nike's "The Opening" showcase … Coached in high school by Joey McGuire … High school teammate of Ole Miss WR Quincy Adeboyejo.

Recruiting Competition: Lodge chose Ole Miss over practically every major football playing school in America. His list of suitors was lengthy, and he could have played for practically any major college football program in the country. Given his Mississippi background and his current status of living in the state of Texas, Lodge chose Ole Miss over Texas A&M, in the final analysis and according to Lodge himself. Texas was also right there in the mix.

Quotable: “It was the perfect fit for me as far as the offense. They need that other receiver on the other side to make plays. When Laquon Treadwell leaves, they don't have that guy. I think I can step in and be that guy. You're gonna get your academics anywhere you go. It's all about what you put into it. The team is like a brotherhood. It felt like home to me. When I went down there, everything was perfect. Guys treated me like I was their brother and teammate the whole time. The coaching staff is a great coaching staff, and they’re going to grow me and develop to be a young successful man on and off the field. It was just awesome. “

Scouting Report: 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. Big strong hands.

Coach Hugh Freeze: “The way he attacks the ball in traffic is amazing – as good as I have seen on the high school level. He’s a true 5-star player in my book.”

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