Gabriel Marks is watching the Arizona State coaching search closely because SMU coach June Jones is considered a leading candidate and since he's committed to the Mustangs Marks has a vested interest in how this turns out.
The four-star wide receiver from Los Angeles Venice said if Jones leaves for the Sun Devils he would strongly consider going with him - if Jones would have him at Arizona State.
"I'm watching it real closely," Marks said.
"I want to see if he takes the job or not. People are saying he is keeping it close and not really talking about it. It's out there so everybody knows and now I want to see what he does. I hope he does it soon because I don't really know what's going on."
Marks, rated as the No. 19 wide receiver and No. 119 prospect in the 2012 class by Rivals.com, said the main reason he committed to SMU was because of Jones and his coaching staff so if they're gone he'd strongly consider following them.
"I definitely committed to SMU because I wanted to learn how to play the position from him and his staff so I would definitely want to stay with him," Marks said.
"That's the reason I came. I came to learn from the best. I know SMU has been the school for a while and I've been committed there and I'm with it but if he leaves I don't know. I'd have to go with him because that's what I committed to do."
Not much else is going on with Marks' recruitment except he's planning to visit Vanderbilt sometime in January. Boston College had been showing more interest but has apparently backed off.
Some initial interest is coming in from Oregon State but at this point Marks is really focused on what's happening with Jones and whether he's staying at SMU or leaving for another school.
"I'm watching what's going on," Marks said.