Just over a week ago, Iman Marshall -- one of the top defensive backs in the 2015 class – received just his sixth scholarship offer, but this one was a bit more intriguing than the others for the Long Beach (Calif.) Poly star.
"I heard it from my position coach at track practice," Marshall said of his April 15 offer from California, "and he told me they were talking to him and they said that they were interested. They saw my film and they saw my abilities as a DB.
"I was surprised. Some cats around my age don't have the opportunity I have, and are able to be blessed like I am, with the athletic ability that I have, so I'm always thankful for the offers."
Marshall -- attending DeSean Jackson's alma mater -- is already quite familiar with several of the Bears' underclassmen, on both sides of the ball, so he didn't need that much of an introduction to Cal football.
"We have a DB who came out of Poly not too long ago -- Kameron Jackson is up there at Cal -- so he's been telling me about the atmosphere up there and how they run their system and how everything goes on, how the coaches treat him. It's a good program. He's told me how they really treat everyone well," Marshall said. "Over the summer, he worked with my position coach, so we trained together here and there, over the last summer, so when he comes out there this summer, we're really going to start talking."
While Marshall has gotten to know Jackson, he is much closer with wide receiver Bryce Treggs, who he's known since he was in grade school.
"We've known each other since he was a freshman, and I was in fifth or sixth grade, going against him," said Marshall, who is also well-acquainted with Treggs's father – former Cal wide receiver Brian Treggs. "Bryce, I talk with him. I used to work out with him. I used to go one-on-one with him, and he really helped me become a better DB. We always discuss football whenever he comes around. He's a wonderful guy. Darius Powe, he's another kid who's really athletic and I really, really, really enjoy him. He's got a great personality. All the other guys, I love them."
The 6-foot-1, 186-pounder has a lot of room to grow, and could easily wind up as a safety at the next level, but as of now, the Bears just want him in Berkeley, roaming the defensive backfield, no matter what the specific position.
"We haven't really discussed that," Marshall said. "I think they just want me in the defensive backfield, and they know that I can be productive."
Marshall said that he plans on visiting Cal soon, but it won't be until after track season. Marshall runs the 100m, the 200m and the 4x100 relay, with an 11.00-second personal best in the 100 and 23.2 seconds in the 200.
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