"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."
"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."
"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.**