Bruins In Lead for Gabriel Marks

Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice receiver Gabriel Marks is impressed with the hometown Bruins, putting UCLA at the top of his recruitment...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice wide receiver Gabriel Marks attended B2G's Instinct Showcase at UCLA over the weekend, with hopes to continue to prove he is one of the best.

The four-star ranked offensive powerhouse says his performance last weekend was a success. "I caught lots of balls and scored lots of touchdowns," said Marks.

Being a part of team B2G has been a great opportunity for Marks. "It allows me to continue to put my name out there, and allows me the opportunity to prove I am the best wide receiver out there. My high school doesn't get as much publicity as some of the other California schools, so I am taking it upon myself to get more recognition," said Marks.

Gabriel Marks is taking it upon himself to make the most of this year's recruitment season. All of his hard work and dedication seems to be paying off. The receiver has already received five verbal offers, one of which was delivered by the head coach himself….

"I have offers from UCLA, Utah, SMU and Colorado and Idaho," said Marks.

Marks's UCLA offer came directly from Coach Neuheisel, who called him on the phone to extend the offer. "Coach Neuheisel called me and said he would love for me to be a Bruin," said Marks.

"Having the head coach call me, made a real, big, strong impression," said Marks, and puts UCLA at the top of his list.

Marks attended UCLA's junior day in February, where he had a chance to tour the campus and get to meet the coaching staff.

Marks reveals what puts UCLA at the top of his leader board, "The name itself. UCLA has a lot of tradition and prestige associated with their program. They are a winning program. Also, all my family lives in California which would make it easy for them to watch me play."

Marks's is excited about his offer from Utah, especially since they are now a part of the Pac-12 conference. "Utah stands out because I think they are one of the best teams, they are consistently one of the top 25 teams in the country. Also I have a relationship with their new offensive coordinator, coach Chow."

Coach Norm Chow came from UCLA, where he had coached Marks at a couple of the UCLA's camps he attended. Marks also reported that Utah has already offered him a scholarship.

On May 19th Marks will be taking an unofficial visit to SMU, which will be his first trip to Texas. While in Dallas, Marks is planning to meet the coaching staff, attend spring practice and watch some films to get a firm understanding of how SMU's offense is run.

"I think SMU is a great school, they are top 20 in the nation. It is a very humble program, and the coaches are very truthful. They seem to really want me, and are promising me lots of playing time," said Marks.

The aggressive four-star receiver from Venice High School knows exactly what he is looking for in a program. Marks says, "I want to be at a school that is competitive and likes to win. Also somewhere that treats their players well. And most importantly a program that throws the ball a lot… and is going to give me the ball."

Marks's passion for football is evident throughout our conversation. He is so committed to the sport, and eager to play he says, "I would prefer to play offense in college, but I would be willing to play whatever position just to get to play at the next level, because of my love of the game."


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