Gabriel Marks won the wide receiver MVP at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp and that's saying something especially since he's a 2012 recruit and is still only hearing from a few programs.
The Los Angeles Venice standout said at the recent B2G Elite Camp at Cal Lutheran that UCLA is emerging as his favorite team and that he's also hearing from Oregon and Texas A&M but the Bruins stand out the most.
"(Recruiting) has slowed down just a little bit but UCLA, they really like me, and I talk to some of the coaches so it's cool," Marks said. "I like it. I'm right down the street and I don't have to go anywhere.
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"It's close to home, I like the campus and I like the offense. They're coming up in the Pac-10. They can't do much but get better."
Marks, a 6-foot, 175-pound prospect, said when he was younger that he wanted to leave California and explore the country for top programs but now that it's getting closer to a decision he's leaning toward staying close to home.
Since he hasn't heard at all from Southern Cal, UCLA seems like the most realistic option if he wants to stay in Los Angeles. It's good then that the Bruins' coaches have started to talk to Marks, who's definitely interested in hearing more.
"When I was younger I always wanted to leave and go away but all my friends and family are here so why leave?" Marks said.
"It's still early. They wrote me a couple times, a couple letters but my first three games if I do well they could offer. Those first three games are critical."
There is a good chance Marks will pick up offers. He was outstanding at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp and had a similar performance at the B2G Camp. Marks isn't the biggest receiver nor does he have a muscular frame but he runs great routes and catches every pass thrown his way.