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May, 6, 2011
By Sean Ceglinsky | ESPNLosAngeles.com
Courtesy of Stephanie Mei-LingVenice receiver Gabriel Marks has stepped up his game and has been receiving more attention from recruiters lately
WESTWOOD -- Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice's Gabriel Marks might not be one of the most well-known wide receivers when it comes to recruiting on the national level. And given the collection of talented wideouts in the 2012 class, the lack of recognition is somewhat understandable.
The perception about him, however, could be on the verge of changing soon.
Marks took another step in the right direction toward having his name mentioned among the country's premier players at his position at last weekend's Instinct Showcase held by B2G Sports at UCLA. The 5-foot-11, 175-plus pound pass-catcher performed well, often times making the particularly difficult catch appear routine despite drawing double-coverage throughout.
“I'm competitive, I've always been that way. I feel like I'm one of the top receivers on the West Coast already, but I want more, I want to be the best around,'' Marks said. “Every time I step on the field, I'm trying to make people look bad and make a name for myself. It's that simple.''
Make no mistake, Marks has done a good job of making a name for himself thus far. In his first season with a full-time job on the outside for Venice, he had 35 receptions, 13 of which were for touchdowns. He also finished with 1,344 all-purpose yards during his junior year.
Accordingly, Marks caught the attention of numerous prospective colleges. He has scholarship offers on the table from Colorado, Idaho and Southern Methodist. Also worth mentioning is the fact UCLA and Utah have recently raised the stakes and offered him.
With well-rounded efforts such as the one put forth at B2G Sports' Instinct Showcase, chances are his list of potential suitors will be growing in the near future. Oregon and Texas A&M recently jumped on the bandwagon and both are expressing varied levels of interest.
“I've had the pleasure of working with Marks for a while now and one of his biggest assets is his drive, his determination to do whatever it takes to be the best,'' said Ron Allen, co-founder and executive director for B2G Sports. “He plays with a chip on his shoulder. His commitment is unmatched. He's hungry. We're talking about a kid with all of his priorities in line.''