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Tuesday, April 9, 2013
2015 WR Damarkus Lodge one to watch

By Sam Khan Jr.

ALLEN, Texas -- Cedar Hill (Texas) High School is no stranger to producing Division I football talent, and 2015 receiver Damarkus Lodge looks to be one in the next wave of Longhorns to have a chance to play big-time college football.

The sophomore has made unofficial visits to three in-state programs already this spring and picked up his first FBS offer -- from Arizona State -- in the meantime.

On Sunday, Lodge competed in the Dallas Nike Football Training Camp at Allen High School's Eagle Stadium, just a couple days after his latest school visit -- to Texas A&M for the Aggies' "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage.

Lodge was taken aback when he walked in to Kyle Field with a live disc jockey spinning music out of a Texas A&M equipment truck.

"The first thing, I walked in and I looked over and I saw a DJ and I'm thinking, 'What is he doing there?' " Lodge said. "It was kind of crazy to see, but it was cool."

It wasn't Lodge's first trip to Aggieland -- he attended Texas A&M's home contest against Arkansas last fall -- but it gave him a chance to become more familiar with the offense and with the coaching staff. He spent time chatting with both his area recruiting coach, receivers coach David Beaty, and head coach Kevin Sumlin.

"Coach Beaty, I love that guy," Lodge said. "He's always pumped up. He has a lot of energy. He's just a great guy."

He also liked what he saw on the field from the Aggies.

"Everybody had a lot of energy," Lodge said. "The game was moving quick. I love the offense."

He also has made visits to TCU and Texas in the last month. His trip to Texas was for the Longhorns' sophomore day and he enjoyed that as well.

"It went good," Lodge said. "The tradition up there is great. I like it up there, too."

Receiving his first offer, from Arizona State, was huge.

"It was a big-time accomplishment for me," Lodge said. "I've been working so hard doing this and that, trying to get it. But it won't stop me from working."

On Sunday, he received a glimpse of how hard he has to work. The 2014 defensive back class in the state of Texas is loaded, and many of those players were competing at the NFTC. Lodge got to go up against some of them.

"I felt good, going against the top guys around," Lodge said. "This is by far the best DB class I've ever played against."