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Four-star opens up recruitment

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Gabriel Marks, who has been committed to SMU since July, said Wednesday he has decided to open up his recruitment and while the Mustangs are still being considered so are four other schools.
"I de-committed," Marks said.
"I just wanted to open it back up and look to see which school would be the right one. I want to take some more visits and see what other schools are out there. I just want to have more options and then make a decision."
SMU, Washington State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Iowa are the five contenders for Marks, a 6-foot, 175-pound prospect from Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice who's rated No. 19 at wide receiver and No. 119 in the 2012 class by Rivals.com.
January could be a crucial month in Marks' recruitment.
He is planning to visit Washington State the weekend of Jan. 13 followed by visits to Vanderbilt and then Kentucky. Marks, a four-star receiver, took his visit to SMU in early December. No date has been set yet for Iowa.
"I'm just keeping it open and pretty close right now but I'm opening it back up," Marks said.
Marks emerged early on in his high school career by winning the wide receiver MVP as a sophomore at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp. He continued to prove himself at numerous camps and 7-on-7 events with B2G Sports.
The four-star prospect is the third Southern California player to de-commit from SMU in recent weeks along with Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Chris Harper, who switched to Cal, and Culver City, Calif., linebacker Khalil Pettway, who remains open.
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