Embody Evaluations

We evaluate a trio of SMU football prospects inside!

DaMarkus Lodge- 2015 WR, Cedar Hill

Route Running: The deep ball is Lodge's specialty because he runs to the outside shoulder of the defender, but doesn't let the defender push him out towards the sideline. He understands the room it takes for the deep ball to be completed and leaves himself enough room to adjust. When Lodge breaks off his route for the post or slant, he comes flat out of it, not allowing defenders to undercut the ball. Another area Lodge is effective is in the bubble screen game, which he can make a defender miss and get into the open field.

Hands and Technique: Lodge's hands are by far one of his best attributes, and he shows the great ability to go up and get the ball at its highest point and catch the ball away from his body. In the red zone, with his size, he can easily out leap opponents for touchdowns and his big hands allow him to hold onto the ball even with tight, physical coverage. He does a great job of staying over his feet when he makes cuts, but is even more explosive out of his breaks, creating separation from opponents.

Big Play Ability: Lodge is Mr. Big Play when you watch him. Catch after catch goes for a long touchdown or gain. In the red zone, with Lodge's long arms and big hands, he makes himself a huge target for his quarterback. Lodge can go up and get balls at their highest point or get by defenders for the deep ball. Lodge is extremely smooth and understands the nuances to get open. If Lodge can improve his speed just a little bit, he'll be a burner that won't be able to be stopped.

Side Note: Lodge has been compared to by his speed coach, David Robinson, to former Oklahoma receiver Malcolm Kelly.

Offers: Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Iowa, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech UCLA and Utah.


HT: 6-2

WT: 185

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.34

Vertical Jump: 32.7"


Richard Moore- 2015 OLB, Cedar Hill

Technique: The first thing that jumps out at you when you watch Moore's tape is his energy on the field. Moore has a great first step to get going downhill and takes solid angles on the ball carriers. Moore is an extremely physical linebacker, but also displays great technique, getting his shoulder pads across an opponents body so they can't slip away. Moore wraps up well and doesn't allow extra yardage because he keeps his feet moving when he tackles.

Against the Run: Moore's ability to play downhill allows him to shoot gaps well and control the edge. His great lateral quickness allows him to navigate holes well so he can plug them and not be blocked. Even when is blocked, he sheds them quickly because he uses his hands so well against blockers.

Against the Pass: Has a solid zone drop and is patient when diagnosing plays. While Moore is definitely more of a run stuffer, he has great instincts against the pass. He is quick to recognize screen plays and in the passing game with his athletic ability will be able to make plays.

Side Note: A second-team all-area selection, Moore notched 171 tackles including 30 for loss and eight sacks en route to leading Cedar Hill to a win over Katy in the 5A Division II state title game.

Offers: Arizona State, Baylor, Houston and SMU


HT: 6-1

WT: 205

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.69

Vertical Jump: 30"



Darrell Miller- 2015 CB, Cedar Hill

Technique: Miller's backpedal isn't the best in the world so that will need some polishing, but he displays nice hip turn when receivers break off routes. Miller is always in solid position to make plays on the ball and plays on the back hip of receivers well. Miller's compact frame allows him to come up and give solid support in the running game as a former safety.

Ball Skills: Miller has solid ball skills although the Cedar Hill pass rush doesn't give him many opportunities on film to make plays on the ball. When he does, he's in great position to knock the ball away and reads routes well to do so. With more time at corner back, he's only going to develop these skills more.

Coverage: Displays a nice break on the ball out of his backpedal, which is great because he definitely has to improve his backpedal. Overall, he plays tight physical coverage when running with receivers thought. Miller is quick to run with receivers and doesn't gamble much, which is great and with improved speed, he'll be able to make more plays on the ball.

Side Note: Miller recorded 39 tackles and five pass deflections on the season.

Offers: Houston


HT: 5-11

WT: 170

40-Yard Dash: 4.69

20-Yard Dash: 4.44

Vertical Jump: 31.8"



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