The recruiting game is just beginning for Rivals.com Pre-Evaluation 100 lineman Josh Marks. The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Catawissa (Pa.) Southern Columbia is taking it all in at the moment after previously wanting to make an early decision.
"I wanted to make a decision before the season but that was before I got into the whole recruiting process," Marks said. "Right now I haven't ruled anyone out."
So far Marks has written offers from Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Penn State, Temple, and Rutgers. Several others have shown interest including Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland, and Iowa.
The two schools that Marks likes the most right now are Pitt and Penn State.
"I like Pitt because they are a program on the rise," Marks said. "I love the coaching staff there and they had a great recruiting class last year and are in on a lot of big recruits this year as well. Pat Bostick has done everything but commit to Pitt so I talk to him about going there," Marks said. "I also talk a lot with Chris Jacobsen who has committed to Pitt already, and we have sort of become friends through the recruiting process."
Marks also visited Pittsburgh 2 weeks ago for the weekend.
"It was great," Marks said. "We got there on Thursday night and spent the night at the hotel on campus. On Friday me and my family met with some academic advisors, professors, and the athletic director. Saturday we saw Heinz Field and the dorms and all that and then we watched the team scrimmage."
Penn State has also impressed.
"I also like Penn State a lot," Marks said. "They are close to home and they have a great tradition and coaching staff. I am going to head over to the Penn State spring game this weekend with my family.
"I also plan on taking a visit to Clemson within the next few weeks. I don't really feel like I have to stay at home but I am close with my family so it would be nice if my family could come to see me play. But if I go to Clemson or wherever and I fall in love with the place then I have no problem going to play out of state."
Marks said that most schools are recruiting him as an offensive tackle with two exceptions. Penn State is recruiting him as an offensive guard and West Virginia is recruiting him as a defensive tackle.
"I don't care what position I play," Marks said. "Wherever I can play early and have the best opportunity to help the team is where I will play."
Marks still hasn't decided if he will be participating in any camps or combines in the coming months but he will sit down with his family soon to decide on that. He plans on narrowing down his top teams in the coming summer months in anticipation of official visits.
"I think you can start taking official visits on September 1st so I think the plan is to narrow it down to my top 2 or 3 and then take official visits the first three weekends in September and make my decision soon after that."