Marks de-commits from SMU

Four-star prospect Gabriel Marks has decided to renounce his commitment from SMU. Marks has been solid to the Mustangs since the middle of July, but with the recent uncertainty surrounding the program (the June Jones-Arizona State mess, Adrian Klemm leaving for UCLA), Marks feels it's the "right thing to do" to re-open his recruitment.

Gabriel Marks, SMU's lone four-star commitment in the 2012 class, de-committed Wednesday night.

The wide receiver out of Venice Senior High (Los Angeles, Calif.) said that he hasn't picked another school, but felt renouncing his commitment was the right thing to do.

"I felt it was the right thing to do, to re-open my recruitment," Marks said. "I did what I had to do."

Marks said he will take official visits to Washington State, Kentucky and Vanderbilt in the coming weeks.

"It wouldn't be smart to de-commit and then commit to another school on the spot," he said. "So I'll take my time [choosing a new one]."

Marks was recruited by former offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Adrian Klemm, who just last week left SMU for to be the offensive line coach and running game coordinator at UCLA.

Klemm and Marks had a solid relationship and Marks said last week that he began doubting his decision when June Jones starting flirting with Arizona State and then Klemm leaving was the final straw.

"Klemm leaving for UCLA was big," Marks told Scout last week. "He's a really good coach for the program. [SMU] could have used him."

Marks also said last week that although Jones told all the recruits he'd be at SMU for their entire careers, he was skeptical.

"Everybody is just real worried," Marks said at the time. "Is he going to leave next year when we get there? Stability is real important. You don't want to go to a school for a coach and not have him there when you're playing there."

Before the Jones-ASU mess, SMU had five commitments from the state of California in Chris Harper (now committed to Cal), Marks (just de-committed), Kache Palacio (rumored to have high interest in Washington State), Robert Lewis (could be the next de-commit) and Carl Hulick.

Khalil Pettway de-committed before bedlam happened, so to include him with the aforementioned players means SMU expected to have a total of six California prospects in the 2012 class. He has since committed to Washington State.

There were also two other California prospects who took official visits and were considering SMU in Raymond Ford and Lacy Westbrook, both of whom are headed to UCLA.

Lewis and Marks are good friends. Last week Lewis said he's never doubted his commitment as much as he does right now. He is interested in Oregon, WSU and SDSU. If the Ducks offer him, you can bet he'll be playing in the PAC-12 next year.


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