November 22, 2011

Lufkin's Mark Finds a Home

The Houston Cougars continued to see their results on the field translate over to the recruiting front as they picked up their third commitment of the week on Monday afternoon. After hearing from one top defensive line target in Destrehan (LA) tackle Marrick Charles that he would commit to the Cougars, Lufkin defensive lineman Tomme Mark got the word out that he too would be joining the Cougars 2012 recruiting class.

"I decided to commit to Houston," Mark told CougarsDen Monday afternoon. "I called coach Sumlin today and committed. He said it was the best news he had heard all day."

For a player that has been recruited by some of the top programs in the country for a while now, finally finding a place he can call home was a load off of his shoulders.

"It was a lot of stress on my mind," said the east Texas standout. "They really sealed the deal with me. I am wanted down there. They have put forth a lot of effort to stay in contact with me. When I went down there it just felt right. It is close to home and my parents can watch all of my home games. I am pretty excited."

Mark made his decision after a trip down to watch the Cougars take on visiting SMU over the weekend.

"It was good down there," he said. "I liked the game day atmosphere. Everybody was real welcoming when I got down there and everybody had great vibes. Nobody was negative about anything around there and when I was down on the field watching them warm up it was like I was back in Lufkin again and it felt real good."

The last player the Cougars landed from the talent rich Lufkin program is junior offensive tackle Jacolby Ashworth who has turned out to be a key player for Houston over the last two years.

"If I'm not mistaken my mom tells me I am distant cousins with him," said Mark. "I have talked to him a few times here and there but I am sure I will get to talk to him a lot more now."

Although Mark hasn't discussed it much yet with the Cougars staff he is ready to play wherever they need him to and his size and speed could give him some level of versatility in the Cougars' 3-4 defense.

"I am supposed to talk with them some more soon and discuss more about where they want me to play once I get there," he said. "Right now I am 6-foot-2, 265 pounds but I will probably slim up some during basketball season. If they gave me a choice I think I would like to play defensive end. Who knows, I have played a little stand-up in practice too and I think I could do that too if that is what they wanted."

Mark also plays power forward on the Lufkin basketball season which is already underway but he said he will definitely be back in Houston should the Cougars make it to the Conference USA championship game next weekend.

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