Marks Says He Is "Committed" to Auburn

Defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks says he expects to sign with the Tigers, but left open some doubt.

Prichard, Ala.--Defensive lineman Sen'Derrick Marks said Monday night that he is "99 percent committed" to Auburn, but noted that he still plans to take at least one more recruiting visit this week.

"You can say I am committed to Auburn, but I plan to take a visit to South Carolina," he says. "I don't think I am going to take a visit to Southern Miss."

The 6-2, 256-pounder out of Vigor High School had already visited West Virginia and Louisville before his visit to Auburn last weekend. He gave that visit high marks.

Sen'Derrick Marks Marks says that he told Auburn assistant coach Joe Whitt, who recruits the Mobile area, that he expects to sign with the Tigers. He also noted that he told the coaching staff at South Carolina that he has made up his mind that he wants to play in the SEC and will likely be going to Auburn, but says he still wants to check out the Gamecocks this weekend.

Marks also likes the fact that Auburn is less than a four-hour drive via interstate highway from his hometown. "I want to stay closer to home, because my family wants to see me play," he said.

Marks says playing basketball--he had a game with 18 points and 28 rebounds--helps with his footwork and agility in football.

Former Vigor star Willie Anderson was a standout at Auburn and is now an All-Pro offensive lineman with the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. "I started not to play basketball this year, but when Willie Anderson was drafted in the first round by the pros they talked about how his high school basketball helped him," Marks points out.

The defensive lineman says basketball has helped him drop some baby fat. He played at almost 270 pounds during football season, but is down to 256. He figures he'll need to play at about 280 in college while still retaining his quickness and strength.

Marks was impressed with the Parade of Champions conducted Saturday for Auburn's 13-0 team of 2004. A parade from Jordan-Hare Stadium was capped by a pep rally at Toomer's Corner with players and coaches on hand. He also said he liked the players he met at Auburn and everything else about his visit.

A three-year starter at tackle and end, Marks made 81 tackles as a senior and finished the season with 17 quarterback sacks.

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