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Marks to look at other programs

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Gabriel Marks has been committed to SMU since July but three new schools are showing lots of interest and the Los Angeles (Calif.) Venice four-star receiver is planning some visits in January.
Marks, a 6-foot, 175-pound recruit, said Washington State, Kentucky and Iowa are showing the most interest and he's planning a trip to Pullman next month. Playing for first-year coach Mike Leach is definitely a draw.
"They watched my film and coach Leach really liked it so they offered me," Marks said. "I'm really interested in them, I think it could be a good fit because they throw the ball a lot and coach Leach is a good coach.
"Playing in the Pac-12 is good because they're an automatic qualifier for bowl games. You know he's going to win wherever he goes. It's a good thing so we'll see."
Marks said he's headed to Washington State the weekend of Jan. 13 and then will head to Kentucky a few weeks later. A Wildcats' coach stopped by Marks' school last week and said they're really interested in bringing him in for a visit.
The four-star will head to Kentucky in late January. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 19 wide receiver and No. 119 prospect in the 2012 class.
"They came to my school last week and they're setting me up for a visit on January 23," Marks said of Kentucky. "They don't have a lot of receivers so I could come in there and make some plays for them. Definitely playing in the SEC is intriguing."
Iowa is also showing preliminary interest but it's still in the early stages since the Hawkeyes' coaching staff just watched his film.
Marks, who committed to SMU on July 14, said he remains committed to the Mustangs but he's definitely considering other options as signing day gets closer.
"I did open up but I'm still committed there," Marks said.
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