It’s been nearly a month since DeLand wide receiver Dionte Marks committed to Florida’s 2019 class at the first Junior Day, and everything Marks has seen from coach Dan Mullen and co. has only solidified Marks’ decision.
Back in Gainesville on Saturday for the first time since he pledged to the Gators, Marks re-affirmed his decision and said he’s not planning on taking any more official visits in the foreseeable future.
“Everything has been crazy. A whole bunch of people have just been showing love,” Marks said of his commitment. “
“It feels great,” Marks said. “I’m not trying to get recruited by another school. This is the home for me.
I’ll be in Gainesville tomorrow 😎🐊
— Dionte Marks (@yg_coolieee) March 24, 2018
“I’m 1000% locked up.”
However, without social media, it’s possible Marks might not have committed to the Gators as soon as he did.
“I wanted to say I tweeted a video on Twitter about four months ago, and I was like ‘This is where I really want to be at. Then I had tweeted a month after that ‘Somebody tell Dan Mullen to get me to the Gators, because that’s the home for me’,” Marks said. “And three months later, my dream just became true.”
Marks, who said he plans to be back in Gainesville in several weeks for Florida’s Orange and Blue Debut Game on April 14, said his strong relationship with UF’s coaching staff is a big part of why Florida already feels like home.
“Everything’s been great. (UF wide receivers coach Bill) Gonzales texts me and stuff, coach (Greg) Knox he texts me and stuff. Gorilla (UF assistant director of player personnel Cordell Landers), I don’t know where he at, but he always shows a lot of love. And Coach Mullen texts me too,” Marks said. “Seeing everyone compete and stuff and showing me what I can learn, that stands out.”
Marks got an opportunity to see what Florida’s wide receiver meeting room would be like under Gonzales, and he said it started to give him the itch to hit the field with the current Gators.
“I’m ready to put on pads at the same time, just watching them practice. But I’m just watching them learn,” Marks said. “We were all in the meeting room and coach Gonzales was like ‘We got some pads for y’all’ and I was like ‘Go get them then, I’m ready to go get on the field. See, y’all getting me hyped now’. I’m ready to get on the field.”
But for now, the 5-foot-11, 176-pound Marks has his sights set on a strong finish to his career at DeLand High.
“My senior season, I’m going to blow everyone away,” Marks said.