4 Reasons Why 5-Star WR Damarkus Lodge Will Sign with Texas A&M
The Texas A&M football coaches have the No. 5-ranked recruiting class in the nation committed and a lot of momentum on the recruiting trail right now. The Aggies will sign 5-star wide receiver recruit Damarkus Lodge in February to put an exclamation point on top of their excellent class.
Lodge is considered by many to be the top wide receiver prospect in the state of Texas. If the Aggies want to win conference and national titles, it starts by winning the big recruiting battles in their own state.
Lodge is an impact player who would see playing time from the time he steps foot on campus at any program in the country. He is one of the truly elite recruits in Texas in the 2015 class.
Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin and his staff will prevail in their pursuit of Lodge. They will sign him and continue to add to the stacked roster they are building in Aggieland.
This is a look at the reasons why Damarkus Lodge will sign with the Aggies.
History of Success at the Position
When it comes to landing top-flight receivers, Sumlin and wide receivers coach David Beaty have landed at least one of the nation's best in each of the last three years.
In 2012, the Aggies signed Thomas Johnson out of Dallas Skyline. In 2013, they signed Ricky Seals-Jones from Sealy, Texas. In the 2014 class, they signed Frank Iheanacho and went out of state to sign Speedy Noil from Edna Karr High School in New Orleans.
Sumlin knows how to develop receivers once he gets them on campus. He helped transform Mike Evans from a raw, 2-star recruit who took up football as a senior in high school into the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Sumlin knows how to recruit and develop top wide receivers. Lodge should be the next in the line of elite receiver recruits who decided to be Aggies.
A&M's System Is Ideal
Sumlin's spread offense is ideal for allowing wide receivers to put up big numbers. He's been a head coach for six seasons and has produced a 1,000-yard receiver in each one.
In 2009 and 2011, Sumlin produced two 1,000-yard receivers. He has always coached one of the most prolific offenses in the nation, and that continued when the Aggies moved to the SEC.
The Aggies have ranked No. 3 and No. 4 in the country in total offense during their two seasons in the toughest defensive league in the country. Sumlin consistently finds a way to get the ball into the hands of his playmakers.
It does not matter who the quarterback, receivers, offensive coordinator or running backs are; Sumlin's offenses consistently put up explosive numbers. If Lodge wants to be in a position to put up big numbers on a weekly basis, he will come to A&M.
It's the SEC
The reality of college football today is that the SEC game is the closest a college player will get to playing at the NFL level without actually playing in an NFL game. If you want to be tested against the best players in the toughest environments in college football, then the only choice is to strap it on for an SEC program.
Texas A&M is the only school in Lodge's home state of Texas that can offer him the opportunity to compete in the SEC while playing close to home. The SEC gets you more prepared for a future in the NFL than any other conference.
Texas A&M will offer Lodge a place to prepare for a future in the NFL within a three-hour drive from his doorstep. If he wants to play against the best competition possible in college at a place where all his family and friends can drive down to watch the game, A&M is the place to go.
Already Has Teammates at A&M
If Damarkus Lodge decides to sign with the Aggies, he will see at least one familiar face when he arrives on campus.
Sophomore wide receiver Laquvionte Gonzalez played with Lodge at Cedar Hill High School. Gonzalez was a senior when Lodge was on varsity as a sophomore. Lodge only caught six passes for 59 yards during that 2012 season.
He caught the attention of the Aggies coaches during summer camps in 2013 and received a scholarship offer from A&M before his junior season started. Sumlin used a similar tactic during the summer of 2012 when he offered Cedar Hill wide receiver Quincy Adeboyejo a scholarship despite the fact that Adeboyejo only caught five passes during the 2011 season.
Adeboyejo committed to the Aggies before the wide receiver depth in the 2013 class scared him off, and he ultimately signed with Ole Miss. Through summer camps and recruiting combines, Lodge has made friends with Aggies commits like Kyler Murray and Daylon Mack.
He will be able to play with his friends in college if he signs with A&M. The Aggies offer Lodge the best opportunity to play close to home against the best competition while preparing for an NFL future.