Marks, who is still being courted by big-time Division I programs, says he's 100 percent committed to SMU and is excited to get to campus. He also commented on the 2012 class overall, saying this group could be the one to put the Mustangs on the map.
Right now there are five commits who hail from California, and SMU is going after a sixth one in Raymond Ford (currently committed to UCLA). Marks is good friends with linebacker Khalil Pettway and wide receiver Robert Lewis and is excited to play with them.
"I'm really close with those two because we work together in the offseason and play 7-on-7s together," Marks said. "We all talked about what schools were telling us [during recruitment] and we talked about everything and we're all just excited we committed [to SMU] We didn't plan it or anything, it just happened."
Marks is friends with Ford, too, but said he isn't trying to influence him to change his commitment. He thinks Lewis is though, since the two are cousins.
"We've worked out together a couple times," Marks said. "I haven't tried to persuade him, but I'm sure Rob has. Ray is a really good corner."
With all the quarterback talk going on at SMU, Marks says he doesn't have a preference on which guy wins the job right now because he hasn't seen any of them play. He does know Conner Preston though since they're both from Southern California.
"He's a really good quarterback," Marks said. "I just know him from camps. I've talked to him a little bit about playing for SMU."
Adrian Klemm was Marks' main recruiter and was one of the reasons why he chose to become a Mustang.
"He's a really good guy, he's honest and straightforward in what he's telling you," Marks said.
Venice has one more game left of the regular season before playoffs start next week. Marks currently has 14 touchdowns and is a leading candidate for LA City Selection Player of the Year.
In a recent LA Times blog about the award, Marks was described as the following:
"Plays receiver, defensive back and some quarterback out of a wildcat formation. Marks is demonstrating his versatility and willingness to help the Gondoliers wherever he's needed."
Lewis is also up for the honor.
Asked about how Venice should fare in the post-season, Marks said that all the teams are pretty even now.
"It's a wide-open race," he said.
Marks will likely take an official visit on Dec. 3rd with a handful of other commits.
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