By John Davis, Oxford Citizen
A native son will return to his home state this weekend to take part in Ole Miss’ official visitor weekend. Wide receiver DeMarkus Lodge may have made his name in Texas, but his roots are in Mississippi.
Lodge (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) is one of the nation’s top wide receivers, and top overall players for the 2015 class. Lodge finished up ranked No. 57 on the 247Sports Top 247 list. He’s also rated highly by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com, the other leaders in the recruiting/evaluation business.
Originally from Jackson, Lodge moved to Cedar Hill, Texas five years ago to live with his father. Cedar Hill is a powerhouse having won two straight state titles. For those familiar with recruiting, or just know where current Ole Miss players are from, it’s the same high school that produced WR Quincy Adeboyejo.
To say Lodge is wanted by several schools would be an understatement. His offer sheet is a mile long, and Ole Miss one of the few schools that have been able to get this far with him. (Lodge was a one-time Texas A&M verbal pledge and recently went on official visit.)
Several analysts feel like Lodge, who finished with 63 catches for 1,219 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior season, is the wide receiver most ready to help a team as a freshman. His coach, Joey McGuire, agrees with that grade as well.
“Of all the people I’ve been around and seen, he is no doubt the most college ready receiver,” McGuire said. “This is going to be some high praise, and I’ve said this over and over again, but I was fortunate enough to coach in the Under Armour game when Julio Jones and AJ Green were both seniors in high school. That’s who DeMarkus Lodge is. He is honestly that good, or the potential to be that good. That’s some high praise right there because those jokers can play.”
McGuire said that Lodge is strong, benching 300 pounds, and a workaholic.
“He just can’t get enough of it and he is legit in his size, speed and strength,” McGuire said.
Making an impression
McGuire felt like the Ole Miss coaches have done a great job of recruiting his standout ball catcher.
“If that’s where he ends up, I would feel great about it because they have taken care of my boy, Quincy,” McGuire said. “(Adeboyejo) is an incredible kid. We keep in touch. He loves it. If my kids are happy, smiling and they tell me they love where I’m at, that’s what I’m all about. That means he’s being treated right and stuff like that. I think if DeMarkus went to Ole Miss, I would feel great about it.”
In a previous story about Lodge, Adeboyejo said he would host Lodge and help the coaches finish the deal in regards to him becoming a Rebel. The rest of that story can be read here: