Westgate (New Iberia, LA) 2019 wide receiver Javon Marks collected his first offer a few months ago.
“I have one offer from Jackson State,” Marks said. “It’s been a slow recruiting process, but it should pick up soon. I looked up Jackson State and it’s a college I’m really interested in.
“I know some people, some family, who are currently attending school there. I’m trying to get over there for an official visit.”
Marks, who has a 24 ACT and a 3.4 grade point average, is being recruited by Jackson State quarterbacks coach Austin Smith, who served as offensive coordinator at West Saint Mary several years ago.
“They offered me during the late summer,” Marks said. “I was grinding during the summer with 7-on-7 stuff for my school, and I had a little film to go along with it.
“Coach Smith told Coach (Ryan) Antoine first about it. He said they wanted to be my first offer. It’s a blessing. I know a lot of people are not able to make their dreams come true and play college football.”
Marks and teammate Keith Lopez, a 2019 outside linebacker, have discussed attending JSU together.
“We’ve talked about it,” Marks said. “Coach Smith says they’re keeping track of me. They said they want me to ball out.”
What does JSU like about Marks?
“My ability to run routes,” he said. “They like how I’ve done in the classroom with my grades. That’s a big factor. My strengths are route-running, getting open and finding a soft spot, and catching the ball.”
Marks shares the ball at Westgate with not only with top blue-chip 2020 wide receivers – Kayshon Boutte and Makholven Sonn – but also big-time 2019 running back Tyreese Jackson.
Due to injuries, Westgate has used five different first-team quarterbacks this season.
“I feel like we’re still coming together as a team,” Marks said. “We have young people on defense. By the end of the season, it should all come together.”
Jackson State has a heavy dose of Louisiana natives on its roster with nearly 20 Tigers hailing from the Bayou State.