Marks takes home MVP honors in Vegas

Venice HS (CA) wide receiver Gabriel Marks hasn't been exactly flying under the radar, but to this point SMU has been the California product's only offer. It all might change after this weekend.

Competing in the Badger Elite 7on7 Tournament in Vegas, Marks took home MVP offensive honors, helping his B2G team to a title. The junior recorded 12 touchdowns on the weekend.

A 3-star prospect, Marks has yet to take any unofficial visits, but has set up his first one.

"My first visit is going to be to SMU in April," said Marks to Scout.com. "I really like SMU. I love the way they throw the ball around. Coach Klemm is the coach recruiting me. He is a recruiting a lot of guys in LA; I like what he is trying to do. He is recruiting the city because he knows there is a bunch of talent here.

"They definitely have the right offense for me. I just need to see how the academics fit with me and how life on the campus would be like before I could make a decision."

While he has a handful of schools recruiting him on the west coast, currently Marks seems to be favoring UCLA, Cal, Colorado, and Michigan along with SMU.

"I'm really just letting it play out and see what happens. If it were the right situation for me, I would definitely commit. I haven't visited any schools yet, so I can't say right now when it could be," said Marks. "How I'm treated overall will probably be the biggest thing that goes into my decision. I just don't want to be treated like, ‘oh he is here now.' I want to know how they treat their players in the program."

If SMU doesn't have enough firepower with Adrian Klemm recruiting the junior, they will be glad to hear that 2012 commitment Robert Lewis is also putting in his two cents.

"Rob said he just really likes what they have to offer and said he thinks its going to be a great fit for all of us, if we decided to go there," said Marks, who also knows USC commitment Jordan Payton, who is SMU next weekend. "Jordan and Rob are my boys. I have actually worked out with Jordan a lot and know them both personally."

During his 2010 junior year at Venice (Calif.), Marks caught 35 passes and had 1,344 all-purpose yards and scored 13 touchdowns.


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