Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Q&A: 2015 WR Lodge picking up interest
By William Wilkerson
Six catches, 59 yards and zero touchdowns. That’s a mediocre game for a lot of wide receivers.
But for Class of 2015 wideout Damarkus Lodge, that’s what he totaled his entire sophomore season.
Class of 2015 receiver Damarkus Lodge is garnering interest from several schools.
Despite his absence of productivity, the Cedar Hill (Texas) prospect has already garnered an offer from Arizona State. He showed off his skill set in a very impressive way at the Nike Football Training Camp at Allen (Texas) High School on April 7.
He’s starting to make a name for himself to several in-state programs, including TCU, Texas and Texas A&M. Lodge has visited all three schools recently, including Texas for its sophomore day and Texas A&M for its "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage.
HornsNation caught up with Lodge to get his thoughts on how he performed at the NFTC and how his recruitment has escalated.
HornsNation: How do you feel like you did at the NFTC?
Damarkus Lodge: I think I did pretty good. There was a lot of competition, a lot of the best around the country. The DBs were by far the best I’ve seen.
HN: Who was the best defensive back you saw?
Lodge: To me the best DB was Jamal Adams. He has great coverage. His jam is great. He’s great. I didn’t go against him, but we usually go 1-on-1s in other camps. Our trainers work together.
HN: Your recruitment has really taken off over the last few months. Has it been fun?
Lodge: It’s been crazy. I took three or four visits. I have an offer from Arizona State. A lot of people are talking to me. This is what I worked for and I’m going to keep working for more.
HN: You didn’t touch the ball a lot last season because the ball largely stayed in the hands of Ole Miss signee Quincy Adeboyejo, Texas A&M signee LaQuvionte Gonzalez and Oregon signee Damion Hobbs. Do you expect that to change your junior season?
Lodge: Personally I believe I’m going to touch the ball 80-plus times this season. It’s crazy. Going from six to 80 is a big transition. Quincy had 91 catches for over 1,000 yards. If I can go back and do the same thing he did, or better, that would be great.
HN: You visited Texas a few weeks ago for its sophomore day. What was that like?
Lodge: It is great. There is great tradition there. Everyone is like family. I love it there. Their academics are by far the best around.
HN: Why are academics so important to you?
Lodge: Academics are important to me because I look at the big picture. What if something happens to me? What can I fall back to? I want to know that I can fall back and make money somewhere else if something were to happen.
HN: You can read more about Lodge’s visit to Texas A&M here. What about TCU?
Lodge: They liked me. I think when they see me in the spring, because they don’t have much film on me, I highly doubt that they won’t offer.