Josh Marks is quite an imposing specimen at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds. He has already garnered offers from Rutgers and West Virginia. Penn State, Michigan and Notre Dame have been consistently showing their interest. According to Roth, Marks is not just a big body.
"The kid is incredibly strong, he'll do 25 reps of 225 pounds," Roth said. "He's at 300 pounds right now, but he moves well. Most college coaches said they'd like him to stay at or around that weight and keep his feet."
Marks camped at Penn State and Michigan this summer, as did his teammate Henry Hynoski, who is a highly regarded fullback who goes 6-1, 243. Both players have been attending the Penn State summer camp since they were sophomores. Roth say's the duo made an impression on the Nittany Lions even at a young age.
"After their freshmen season, Penn State rated them as two of the best prospects they had, Roth said. We've gone up to the last two home games there, the kids always have a good time."
"Dick Tressel [Jim's brother] at Ohio State likes him a lot; they think he fits well into their system, Roth said. Notre dame likes his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. He camped at Notre dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Penn State. He has improved a lot. Last year he played at 225 pounds. He has gained weight, but he is moving better then he did before. We play in a Wing-T, so he doesn't block a lot but when he does he blows people up."
Both players will venture to Ohio State on Saturday for an unofficial visit. The Buckeyes take on Northwestern.
Southern Columbia is 8-2 this season and has won three straight PIAA Class A titles. The tigers have been to the championship game in 10 of the last 11 years.