Colleges that are entertaining the thoughts of recruiting Iman Marshall had better come with a dose of truthfulness. It is something that is very important in terms of being up front with him about where he stands with their program.
"I am looking for colleges to just be honest and tell me the truth," he told GoBlueWolverine. "When they do that it shows the respect they have for you."
Marshall has been quite focused on his current academics as colleges have been coming by his school to let him know they are interested.
"It's not that I don't notice (the attention from colleges)," he said, "but I have been really busy studying for finals."
His family stress academics and he certainly gets the point when it comes to his grades and the attention that he must put towards that. Mr. Marshall talked about a big moment that was special for him as colleges begin taking a look at his son.
"When schools like Michigan, Stanford and Notre Dame started showing my son attention, that was a powerful moment -- not just for football but because those are great academic universities."
With academics being stressed, Michigan is certainly going to be a part of Marshall's recruitment. The Long Beach Poly DB prospect talked about what appeals to him about the Wolverines.
"Michigan is a great school," he said. "They are known for their academics and football -- they have everything a recruit could want. You can't go wrong there. I know they have picked up Jabrill Peppers -- he is a player and I have been keeping up with him."
Mr. Marshall has similar thoughts about what Michigan means to him, as well as a few other thoughts on the Maize and Blue.
"Michigan gets high marks in academics. I like Michigan because of it. They have a very good alumni and fan base. Michigan is an iconic program, and we are looking to take an unofficial visit there this summer."
When it comes to attending a college, Iman looks at what they have already done with players and what the school will do to help him attain his goals while there.
"I want a school that will stress education a lot," he said. "I would like to know how they will utilize my talents ... do they produce NFL players. And I want to play corner in college, not safety. That's what I will be looking for."
The parts of a college program that his father is interested in are slightly different then Iman's, but still make a few of the same points.
"I am certainly looking for a college with academics," Mr. Marshall said, "in regards to the value of an education. The alumni base that a school has, along with the passionate fan base they have, to hold staff and school accountable for what goes on. The type of scheme that they run on defense. Regardless what happens, we appreciate where we are and we will not take this opportunity for granted."
With the hometown schools being right in the backyard, they will be a factor in Marshall's recruitment.
"My son is in with some of the best colleges," said Mr. Marshall. "I am happy about that. UCLA, USC, Oregon are showing interest. I know coaches on both USC and UCLA staff right now. It is a slow process and it is a blessing that he has this opportunity."
Iman just wants to take things in slowly and take his time with recruiting, and as far as a decision he says he wants the best college possible.
"I just want to take my time and not get too hyped up about all the attention. I want to choose a good program not just for the coach. There are coaching changes, and there are other things a college offers than just to pick a school just for the coach. I want a college that is the best fit for me."
Marshall looking for truth during the process
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