Marks Enjoying Recruiting Process

Josh Marks will undoubtedly be one of the more sought-after prospects in Pennsylvania, if not the nation, this year. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Southern Columbia Area in Catawissa, Pa., has garnered early praise as one of the country's top junior prospects at his position.

While it remains early in the recruiting season, Marks has been very busy.

“Everything is going real good,” Marks said. “We just got back from Pittsburgh just about two hours ago. I'm doing a lot of visiting and a lot of traveling.”

At its annual Junior Day, Pitt received numerous visits from some of the region's top college prospects, including Marks. Marks said he came away very impressed with the Panthers' program.

“Pitt was really nice,” Marks said. “It wasn't what I expected. I expected it to be in the middle of the city. The campus was a lot nicer than I thought. The coaching staff is great. They're all real nice guys.”

Though Marks said he has not ruled out any schools at this point in his recruitment, two schools that seem to stand out are the Panthers and Penn State.

“I definitely like Penn State,” Marks said. “After visiting Pitt this week, the coaching staff is great, and I like [Pitt] a lot. Those two schools I like a lot. I really haven't ruled any schools out.”

Marks also named Rutgers and West Virginia as other schools he is currently has interest.

“I'm looking to stay kind of close to home, but if I fall in love with a school, I'm willing to go away from home,” he added.

As for Penn State, Marks said he is patiently waiting for a written offer.

“Actually, I don't have a written offer from Penn State yet,” Marks said. “I'm waiting here. Coach McQueary called me two Fridays ago and said it was going to be mailed out.”

Despite not having a written offer in his hands, Marks spoke very highly of the Nittany Lions and the coaching staff.

“[Penn State is] close to home,” Marks said. “I like Coach McQueary. I like the tradition and that sort of stuff. The tradition is great. Obviously they have a great football program. What's not to like about Penn State?”

Furthermore, Marks and his family are no strangers to Happy Valley. This past season, Marks made took two unofficial visits to Penn State, one when the Nittany Lions took on Purdue and the other when the Nittany Lions faced Wisconsin.

“The Purdue game was great, but the Wisconsin game, being for the Big Ten title, it was a great experience,” Mark said. “We were on the field for the pre-game warmup. Being in front of all of those people … to have the opportunity to play in front of that many people is quite an honor. It was great. Everyone was really nice.”

Also along with him for the visits to Penn State was Southern Columbia teammate and touted fullback prospect Henry Hynoski. Marks and Hynoski are great friends both on and off the field. There has been some speculation that Marks and Hynoski seek to attend the same college together. However, according to Marks, this is not the case.

“We've visited a lot of schools together,” Marks said. “We're not basing our decision on going to the same school together. We both have offers from Pittsburgh and Rutgers, but we're not basing our decision on each other. I think it'd be a great thing, but we're not basing any decision on going to the same school. If it happens, great, but if not, than so be it.”


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