LAS VEGAS - Gabriel Marks won the MVP at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp last spring and at this past weekend's Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 event as well but the Los Angeles Venice wide receiver still only has one offer.
Marks is not the most physically-imposing prospect but after putting together such outstanding performances at multiple events - plus having a great work ethic - it's puzzling to some people close to Marks as to why more offers haven't arrived.
"I guess that's how it goes for some people," said Marks, who helped B2G Sports to the Badger Sports title at UNLV. "Sometimes, it's just slow and coaches don't see everything they want to see."
SMU was the first offer for Marks, a 6-foot, 175-pound recruit who's included in the Rivals 250 to watch list for 2012. He has great hands, runs solid routes and frequently sneaks behind defensive backs and is found wide open for touchdown passes.
"I'm still talking to SMU and I'm getting real interest," Marks said. "They're definitely one of my favorites and I just keep talking to their coaches."
Utah has also recently entered the picture for Marks, who plans to again work out at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp in a few weeks and attend camps at UCLA, Cal and maybe some others. Oregon, Oregon State, Texas A&M and a few other programs are also showing interest.
There is legitimate interest in the Utes especially because Marks likes new offensive coordinator Norm Chow, who previously coached at UCLA. That connection could be a big deal when it comes to Marks' recruitment.
"Coach Chow is a good guy and I've been talking to him," Marks said. "He's a good dude. I like Utah because coach Chow is a good coach. I know he was at UCLA but stuff happens and now he can do good things at Utah."