A Country Boy can Survive

Pittsburgh has adopted Randall "Hank" Williams, or "Bocephus" as he was affectionately referred to by his legendary father Hank Williams Sr. Williams has a strong love for Pittsburgh and the Steelers. Now the Pittsburgh Panthers are hoping another big country boy will call their city home.

Hunting and fishing are not things a lot of outsiders consider as hobbies when looking at Pittsburgh, even though the city has more than its fair share of outdoorsmen. Josh Marks is a country boy and he is proud of it, so obviously the big city is not something he was fond of.

"I do like my hunting and fishing, I am a country boy," Marks said. "The first time I came down here I was under the misconception that the campus was in the city. It really isn't, the campus is beautiful and away from the city. When I was here before I didn't see the campus, I saw it tonight and as I sit here at the Holiday Inn this place has some really beautiful buildings. It's a nice atmosphere. I would say this trip definitely exceeded my expectations."

Marks, is a behemoth 6-foot-6, 300 pound offensive lineman from Southern Columbia High in Catawissa, Pa., was in attendance for last nights junior day. The Scout.com Pre-Evaluation Top 100 performer picked up a scholarship from the Panthers.

"They ask me and Henry (Hynoski) to come early; we met with coach (Dave) Wannstedt and he gave us the offers," he said. "They like me as a guard and tackle; they think I can play either. I have really bonded with the coaches here (Greg) Gattuso, (Dave) Wannstedt, and (Paul) Dunn. I really like them a lot right now."

Marks now has official offers from Pittsburgh, Rutgers, and West Virginia. He is unsure of future travel plans right now.

"I'm not sure if we're going to the Penn State junior day or not," he said. "Right now we have nothing else planned. West Virginia has said to come down whenever we want and Clemson has been showing a lot of interest."

Marks and his teammate Henry Hynoski recently took unofficial visits to Maryland and Virginia.

"We got into Maryland late, but everything we saw was very nice. Virginia was nice. It's kind of out in the country and I liked that."

Marks is close to his family and it seems important to him not to stray far from home, so can we assume that makes Penn State and Pittsburgh the teams to beat?

"I am really interested in Pitt and Penn State. Penn State is close, and Pitt is only four hours from home. It's not real far and the drive is not bad at all. It's still in Pennsylvania and close enough that I could get home without having to fly if I wanted to."

**Interview was done last night following the junior day, while Marks was staying in Pittsburgh.**


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