Offer Finds its Marks

The U.S. Postal Service came through. After several weeks of speculation, Josh Marks received a written offer from Penn State. Marks, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-star offensive lineman from Southern Columbia Area High in Catawissa, Pa., said the offer arrived while he was on an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh this past weekend.

“I actually got it [Friday] night,” Marks said. “My grandparents came to Pittsburgh and they got the mail from our house. My family and I left on Thursday night. My grandparents brought my sister and my girlfriend up on Friday. My dad just asked if they'd get the mail. When they came up, there was a letter and it was an offer. [The offer] came in the regular mail.”

Marks said he has yet to sit down to discuss the Penn State offer with his family, but that he is excited to have the written offer in his hands after a period of uncertainty. The uncertainty stems from a conversation between Marks, his family, and the Penn State staff, in which the Lions indicated that a written offer was to be in the mail the Monday after Penn State's Junior Day two weeks ago, which Marks attended.

“I haven't' really had a chance, with being in Pitt, to discuss anything with my parents,” Marks said. “Definitely it's finally a sense of relief. Just having an offer from Penn State is a big deal. It's just a sense of relief.”

Marks said Penn State remains high on his list.

“Penn State definitely stands very high with me,” Marks said. “They still stand highly with me. I like Penn State a lot. There's really no hard feelings with me or my family.”

At this point, Marks said he will finish up some preliminary visits and begin to finalize his favorites shortly thereafter.

“From here on out, as far I know right now, I actually have been talking to my parents and talking to the Clemson coach on going to a visit down there,” Marks said. “Other than that, unless another school comes into the picture, I've seen the schools that I needed to and I really don't know when I want to make my decision. I know I said I want to make it before the season started and I still would like to do that. It's just one of those things that is going to be harder than I thought it would be.”

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