Standing out as a top underclassmen performer at The Opening one year ago, 2015 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback Iman Marshall is already in the process of putting together a stellar performance in 2014.
Up to nearly 6-foot-2 and 190-pounds, Marshall’s size is a tremendous luxury at his position, putting a great deal of pressure on opposing wide receivers. Marshall’s on field focus this off-season is clear.
“The press game,” Marshall said. “I feel like I’ve really improved on my press game and my off game and stuff like that.
“There’s still always something I can work on and I’m just happy to be out here and competing against some of the best guys out here.”
While Marshall is able to exploit his skills from a physical standpoint on the field, the mental aspect continues to be a part of his development heading into his senior season.
“I feel like I’m more so a veteran and I feel like I’ve learned from the people that were talking about that it’s better to learn and listen to what your elders are talking about,” Marshall said. “Even if it’s right or wrong, knowledge is always unlimited and that’s how I always go by and that’s what my parents have taught me.”
Marshall, possessing interest and offers from all over the country, plans to get out and see some of those schools on his list, most likely this fall for official visits.
“Most likely I know I’m going to take an official visit to Notre Dame and stuff like that,” Marshall said.
“And I’m debating whether or not I want to take one to Florida State. Me and my parents still have to discuss what the plans.”
One other visit Marshall has been toying with taking is to Ann Arbor to check out Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines.
“It’s still in the planning stages,” Marshall said. “Like I said it’s really been a hectic couple of months and stuff like that so I want to sit down with my parents and discuss what our visit plans are going to be, our travel plans are going to be, so it correlates all together.”
Michigan is a school that has been recruiting Marshall for quite some time but things seemed to have cooled in recent months.
That all changed when Marshall had the chance to meet and work out with a current Michigan freshman wide receiver, speaking highly of the Wolverines.
“I got a guy up there, Fredd Canteen, that really communicates with me well,” Marshall said. “And he really likes the program so that’s why I’m really considering it and that’s a guy that I really like his word and his honest opinion about.”
“We work out together at stardom,” Marshall added. “My man Jason David, shout out to him, making me who I am right now.”
Canteen’s pitch appears to be squarely focused on one thing: getting Marshall to check out the campus and see what he thinks.
“It’s somewhere you’d like to come down to,” Marshall said. “More so, you’ve got to see it for yourself, like a lot of people say.”
Marshall says he plans to setup all five official visits upon returning home from his experience at The Opening.
As far as what he’s looking for in his college, Marshall already has a pretty clear idea.
“Most importantly, it’s a lot of attributes that go into my five decisions,” Marshall said. “Academically, cause I’m looking for a school that I can go in and contribute well, the network as well as somewhere I can stay for the next four years cause that’s important.”
Sam Webb and Kyle Bogenschutz contributed to this report.