2020 offensive lineman Tai Marks is a three-star prospect out of USC Trojans pipeline Mater Dei. While the Trojans have not offered Marks yet, he tells Conquest Chronicles what he loves about their program, other schools he is looking at, and describes the vibe around USC’s campus.
Mater Dei senior Tai Marks has seven offers heading into the 2019 season. Colorado State, Hawaii, Liberty, New Mexico, San Jose State, UNLV, and Utah State are all vying for his signature.
The USC Trojans are a team Marks is waiting for to add to his list.
At 6-foot-2, 308 pounds, Marks is the No. 25 center in the country and the No. 115 player in the state of California according to 247Sports.
Though he is being recruited as a center, Marks plays guard and tackle at Mater Dei. The young lineman impressed in May at the Opening Regional in Oakland, California, notching a shuttle time of 4.77 seconds and showing scouts his quick footwork.
He took home the position MVP award for offensive lineman and has been added to the Polynesian Bowl roster.
Marks’ strength has been showcased in camps around California. He can bench 315 pounds, squat 455 pounds, and deadlift 495 pounds.
Though USC has yet to offer, Marks has taken multiple visits to the campus loves the Trojans’ tradition.
“The thing that impressed me the most, was probably actually getting to put the uniform for the first time. The feeling was unmatched.”
Marks shares that there is a championship mindset and vibe around campus and within the program.
“The vibe is that guys are there to win now. They have the recruits and they have the guys, so people know it’s the new USC and it’s all business.”
Playing for Mater Dei, Marks says that the opportunity to play for the hometown Trojans is one he is waiting patiently for.
“Being from Mater Dei makes it almost two times more important to get an offer from USC, just because of our legacy there.”
A Southern California kid, Marks says he is ideally looking to stay close to home for college, though there are a few programs that could change that preference.
“USC is the only school that will actually keep me close to home other than that I’m looking to travel somewhere and just get a new start. Utah State and Hawaii are my biggest standouts.”
Currently USC has four offensive line commits in the class of 2020. Three-stars Kyle Juergens, Andrew Milek, Andrew Dewerk and Joey Wright.