Gabriel Marks has been talking to UCLA for months but the Los Angeles Venice wide receiver had not picked up an offer from the Bruins. That changed Monday night and Marks said he's definitely excited about it.
"I've been talking to UCLA for about six or seven months," Marks said. "They were the first school I ever talked to. I'm feeling better now because I have the monkey off my back. Now I feel like more schools will come after me because I have that UCLA offer. That's a big-time school.
"It's just a great school. I like the tradition, I like the team, I like the players. Coach (Rick) Neuheisel is a great coach. UCLA is one of those 'it' schools."
UCLA, Utah, SMU and Idaho have now offered Marks, a 6-foot, 175-pound receiver who earned the position MVP award last year at Los Angeles NIKE Camp and was arguably the top receiver this past weekend at the same camp.
With the Bruins getting involved in his recruitment, Marks said he's definitely excited because he wants to make his decision before his senior year starts but he wants to wait a little longer to see which other programs get involved.
UCLA has always been one of Marks' favorites and now that the Bruins have offered they have become a realistic option in his recruitment.
"I'm going to wait to see what other offers come but I'm trying to make my decision before the season so I can focus on my team and winning a championship," Marks said.
"UCLA is up there. I only have a couple schools. They're definitely up there but the other schools are in the running, too. I don't want to rule anybody out.
"I think people have been waiting to pull the trigger. I know I'm a little undersized but I've been to all kinds of camps and done well but I think some coaches were just waiting to see what offers I was going to get before they offered."