Local love from Marshall

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback has made his decision to play in the Under Armour All-America game in January, but he has no plans to announce a college decision that early.

MISSION VIEJO, Calif. — Long Beach (Calif.) five-star cornerback and Under Armour All-American Iman Marshall is close to knowing where he will be for his five allotted official visits.

Narrowing his focus on potential colleges has allowed him to ignore extraneous recruiting chatter to concentrate on winning a CIF title this fall.

“Yeah. I’m happy that I have that out of the way,” said Marshall. “I understand what bowl game I’m playing in, but now it’s time to just focus on high school football each and every week. It’s game time.”

Marshall will officially visit Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU and Michigan, with Texas and Oklahoma vying for the final spot on his trip schedule.

Lost in all of the buzz of Marshall heading out of state for official visits are the two universities in Los Angeles. Both UCLA and USC are still very much a part of his recruitment.

“I have great interest in UCLA,” said Marshall. “They got Jim Mora, a great coach. He’s a very good defensive minded coach. And then you got coach Meat (Demetrius Martin). He’s a great coach too.

Ishmael Adams balled out (against Virginia). Shout out to him too, with a punt return and a pick six today. They got UCLA’s defense looking real strong.”

While Poly was blowing out Crenshaw 54-14 Saturday, Marshall already had intel on the Trojans' big win against Fresno State from the side lines.

“I have real good interest in USC as well,” said Marshall. “They’re a great team. They play young dudes, so like I’ve said before, I just want to see how the coaching is up there. See how everybody reacts to the coaches, the coaching style and the environment.

“I see my guy JuJu (Smith) did a good job today for USC. Shout out to him for how he played.”

Marshall plans to take unofficial visits to both USC and UCLA as the season progresses and Poly moves their games to Friday nights rather than Saturday afternoons.

“They both have a lot of tough games,” said Marshall. “You got UCLA playing Stanford at home, so I’m going to be at that game. Also, the UCLA-SC game is going to be a real big game.

“Whenever I have the opportunity to go and check out any of the local schools, I’m going to try do it as much as possible to see how the coaches are. How the players react to the coaching, their coaching style and stuff like that.”

For Poly, Marshall has become an emotional and vocal leader as a senior. Sounding off for the Jackrabbits in pregame, Marshall has a presence.

As he left the field after dominating Crenshaw, even the Mater Dei coaches preparing for the following contest felt compelled to comment.

“That kid is a baller,” said the assistant coach. “The Marshall kid is a straight baller.”

And that’s nothing new for a high school player who has been considered a top recruit since his sophomore year.

“Being the guy, it takes on great responsibility,” said Marshall. “Like a lot of people say, it’s different when you’re on the outside looking in. When you have to take on that role, it’s something different.

“You got to understand you always have to put the team first and understand that you’re the leader, so you always got to talk the talk but walk the walk.”

Putting his team first, a decision on a college will not happen until the season is over.

“As of right now, I don’t know where I’m going to make that decision at,” Marshall. “I think more and more I’m going to wait until signing day to see how everything goes and play it all the way out.”

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