Josh Marks names leaders

University of Pittsburgh hosted 30 blue-chip recruits this weekend. One of the top players in from the state of Pennsylvania, Josh Marks (6-foot-6 inches, 300 pounds) from Southern Columbia Area High School in Catawissa, PA, was in attendance. The talked with him about his weekend visit.

"I really enjoyed my visit to Pitt over the weekend. Their spring practice was great," stated four-star offensive lineman Josh Marks. "Their practice was tough, physical and well run."

Marks is considered the top offensive lineman in the state of Pennsylvania. He has been a perennial All-State selection and the anchor of Southern Columbia High School's offensive line for three seasons. Josh projects as an offensive tackle on the next level.

"I think Pitt is great. Even more than the school itself, I really like the coaches. The coaches are nice and very sincere. I like Pitt the more I go there and I have made at least three or four trips there already."

When asked if he was going to attend the Panthers' spring football game, he stated, "I really want to be there. Saturday is the first day of trout finishing. That may not sound like anything to you, but its huge here. I'm a huge fishing fan and it's one of the biggest days of the year."

Marks was far from alone when he visited Pittsburgh over the weekend. He opted to bring a myriad of his family and friends. "Like I said, I'm very serious about the Panthers and I wanted my family to see the school. I arrived in Pittsburgh with my parents on Friday. My little sister, grandparents and girlfriend joined me on Saturday to watch practice. They had a great time and came away impressed."

The University of Pittsburgh has offered a scholarship to Marks' teammate Henry Hynoski (6-foot-2 inches, 245 pounds). Josh was asked if he and "Hyno" were a package deal. He was quick to state, "Henry and I are friends and we would love to play together. I'm not sure I would call us a package deal but it would be great to play together in college."

"The one thing I can tell you is that both of us think very highly of Pitt. They gave us the red carpet treatment this weekend."

Does Marks have a leader at this point? "I'm not ready to make a decision but the two in-state schools are my leaders. You could say that Pitt and Penn State are at the top of my list."

"Pitt has a bright future. I know they just signed a great class and I believe they are going to recruit another good class. I spoke with Pat Bostick at spring practice. I don't want to speak for him but I believe he is going to Pitt. I watched him throw the ball and I was really impressed. If he's not their starter next year I would be shocked. I would like to see the quarterback that's better. He's considered one of the top players in the state."

"You look at a player like Pat and you can see yourself joining the team and protecting him for three to four years. I met Chris Jacobson and he's already committed to Pitt. He's a great player as well. It makes you think about Pitt and their bright future."

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