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Wisconsin football recruiting: big official visitor announced for this weekend

A current Mississippi State RB commit will be in Madison for the Michigan State game.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 07 Central Michigan at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

First reported by Jon McNamara of Rivals, it came out on Friday afternoon that 4-star 2020 RB Jo’quavious Marks will be taking an official visit to Madison for the game against Michigan State.

Marks, a native of Atlanta (Carver), Ga., is currently committed to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, and has been since the end of May. The 5-foot-10, 190 pounds tailback is rated as a 247 Composite 4-star and is listed as the No. 9 RB in the class by Rivals, the No. 13 by 247 and the No. 14 by the Composite.

His offer list is a veritable who’s who of college football royalty. He has been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas, Texas A&M and at least a dozen other power-5 schools as well.

The senior tailback had a monster junior season, accumulating 1,503 yards on 141 carries and finding the end zone nine times. He also caught five passes for 92 yards. This year he has already rushed for over 1,000 yards, according to, well, him.

Here is the Hudl tape, so you don’t have to click on his Tweet.

Marks is an extremely gifted runner. He shows shiftiness, power and speed in his tape which is probably why all of those danged schools offered him. He also has an ability to wait for his blockers and use his vision to gain extra yards. Here is a link to a profile of Marks from Recruit Georgia that also contains another highlight video.

The Badgers still haven’t taken a RB for the 2020 class, but are in on a handful of talented ones, including Kevontre Bradford from Texas who just finished up an Ohio State official visit that apparently didn’t go well. Flipping Marks would be a big win for Paul Chryst, but just getting him, a southern RB, on campus is also a win. A lot of prospects wouldn’t travel this far north unless there was some serious interest.

Now, Marks doesn’t tweet very often but his last two are about “overcoming adversity” and this one. Is he being counted out by someone at Mississippi State or is it just a nebulous group of haters that are doing so? You know he’s telling the truth because, and I’m very excited that I know what the youths are using for emojis and didn’t have to Google it, but “no cap” means “no lie.”

This has been Drew’s Youth Emoji Corner & Recruiting Update!