November 28, 2011

Four-star receiver will take officials

In spite of a verbal commitment to SMU, four-star wide receiver Gabriel Marks will take official visits to at least three other schools. One school he will visit is Boston College so the Eagles will have a good opportunity to make their pitch.

Boston College has not aggressively pursued Marks but the Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice standout wants to check out a few schools to make sure SMU is where he wants to be.

Marks isn't too familiar with life on the east coast and one reason he wants to visit BC is to see what it might be like.

"I just want to see how their coaches are and what the living environment is like," Marks told

"I've never been to a school on the east coast so I'd like to see what it's like out there. I want to see what the offense would be like if I played in it.

"I've talked to one of their coaches but not too often. I've been concentrating on my season and they've been concentrating on theirs."

Marks will be at Boston College for his official on January 12. Next week Marks will be at SMU, the school he is committed to, and on January 20 he will be at Vanderbilt.

"I'm still committed to SMU. I'm just waiting to get my visits started to make sure I made the right choice.

"UCLA is the home school. I grew up watching UCLA and the program's on the rise. I can just see myself making an impact there.

"Vanderbilt likes to throw the ball around a lot and I like that. They play in the SEC and it's the best conference in the country. That definitely intrigues me."

Marks said he should know shortly after his trip to Vanderbilt what his final decision will be. What will it take for a school to sway him from the Mustangs?

"It's just about me being comfortable with the school," he noted. "Just knowing that I'll have a chance to play and compete. That's big for me. I want to play early and just be comfortable.

"The offense is important too. I would be playing in the slot at most of the schools that have offered me and I'm just making sure the slot is getting utilized a lot and I'm not just a third down guy. That's real important."

Venice's season ended on Friday and while Marks is disappointed with the loss he said he's proud of what the team accomplished. He's also pleased with how he performed.

Marks estimates that he caught around 65 passes, 17 of which went for touchdowns. He also picked off two passes on defense.

"I really didn't get hit deep often. We had a young quarterback and he's still growing. About 95-percent of my passes were underneath and I took some of them the distance."

The 6-foot, 175-pound prospect is ranked the No. 17 receiver in the nation and the No. 116 overall prospect.


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