Written by SportsDayDFW.com
10 things you might not know about Cedar Hill WR and blue chip prospect DaMarkus Lodge
1. Cedar Hill wide receiver coach Kevin Benjamin said Lodge, “Will be the best thing that ever came out of Cedar Hill High School. And we’ve had a lot of great athletes. But where he is at this point in his football career, the sky is the limit.”
2. Lodge’s 22 receiving touchdowns were the most among any player in the area last year. His 1,255 receiving yards ranked second among all 5A area players, behind only Southlake Carroll’s Luke Timian.
3. Lodge emerged almost out of nowhere last season. Stuck behind Division I prospects Quincy Adeboyejo (Mississippi), Travis Wilson (Nevada) and Brandon Harris (Iowa State), he only amassed six catches for 59 yards in his first two seasons at Cedar Hill.
4. Lodge will likely choose one of either Clemson, LSU, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M or USC. Many consider Texas A&M the favorite.
5. Lodge ranks second in SportsDayHS’s list of the top 100 area recruits, behind only Mesquite Poteet linebacker Malik Jefferson. He’s ranked as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com. The service has him No. 39 in the nation, No. 5 in Texas and No. 5 at his position.
6. Lodge was ready to commit to Texas in November. "It was actually about to happen," Lodge told ESPN in May. "I was going to commit." He decided to wait, though and when co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Darrell Wyatt left Texas alongside Mack Brown, Lodge reevaluated his options.
7. Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire said Lodge had the playmaking ability of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, the yards-after-catch ability of Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones and the body control of former Cedar Hill and Washington Redskins receiver Dezmon Briscoe.
8. Lodge will have the opportunity to pair up with a couple of the Dallas area’s best quarterbacks at the next level. If he chooses Texas A&M he’d pair up with Allen quarterback Kyler Murray. If he chooses LSU he’d pair up his current teammate, Cedar Hill quarterback Justin McMillan. Both quarterbacks gave verbal commitments to their schools earlier this summer.
9. Lodge was originally going to announce his decision in July. He then changed it to June 20, then June 19 before pushing it back. He told Dave Campbell's Texas Football the latest change was because his dad had to go out of town during the day he was supposed to announce.
10. Lodge has already been invited to participate in both 2015 Under Armour All-America Game and the 2015 Army All-American Bowl.