According to Gold and Black Illustrated, Jeff Marks, a 6’2, 255 pound defensive tackle prospect out of Mobile, Alabama has committed to the Boilermakers 2018 recruiting class. He will sign next week and expects to enroll early.
Marks is an interesting addition to a class in need of some depth in the middle. In high school, Marks plays DE in a 3-4 defense, but will probably move inside for the Boilermakers. He is too small to compete in the BIG10 at defensive tackle right now, but the great thing about big 18 year olds (let’s not pretend like a kid that’s 6’2, 255 isn’t enormous) is they tend to turn into even bigger 19 and 20 year olds.
Marks has solid explosion off the ball, and once he moves inside that is only going to show up more with him taking on guards and centers instead of tackles. Honestly, I have a soft spot in my heart for small(ish) defensive tackles. I watched Grady Jarrett dominate the ACC at 6’1, 280-290 pounds. If it weren’t for the Matt Ryan and the offense completely falling apart, Jarrett would have probably ended up as the Super Bowl MVP last season.
This year, we watched Gelen Robinson finally take off after being moved to the inside so he could play to his strengths (hands like cinder blocks, solid initial quickness, a great understanding of leverage) instead of being an end with marginal speed and short arms.
Marks is a guy you might not see right away, but he has the physical tools to develop into a disruptive defensive tackle down the line.