Marshall Starting Strong

The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star 2015 prospect, cornerback Iman Marshall, is off to a good start...

Iman Marshall is one of the truly elite defensive backs in the nation right now as a junior. He's currently a 5-star corner and rated the No. 17 player in the 2015 class. He definitely lived up to the hype against Centennial taking on UCLA receiver commit Barry Ware and holding him without a catch the entire game.

Marshall was very physical at the line and was able to shadow Ware all over the field. He doesn't have elite speed right now but runs well enough, has great football instincts and can hit. He broke up the final pass play of the game for Centennial, coming off his man to deliver a big hit on a receiver right as the ball got there.

On the recruiting front, Marshall said he's now at 17 scholarship offers and there are a few schools he's hoping to hear more from.

"I'm hoping for an offer from Ohio State and Alabama," Marshall said. "Ohio State has interest in me and just wants to see how I've been doing these last couple of games. There are a lot of schools I would like to hear more from but right now, my main focus is on my team and getting us back to the state championship game."

Marshall, who grew up a big USC fan, said he's hopeful the team can turn things around this season.

"I'm definitely concerned right now," Marshall said. "At the end of the day, USC is still USC, it's a great school with a great football tradition. The defense is playing great, they just need to figure out the offense but they'll be fine. They had a bad game against Washington State, we had a bad game against Servite two weeks ago but we rallied and I think they can too."

Although his affinity for USC is obvious, Marshall said he remains open to all schools and isn't close to making any decisions.

"I'm going to do some visits this summer and then take my trips in the fall," Marshall said. "I would like to get out to some games this year if I can, I would love to go see Oregon and Washington. In the summer I want to visit Notre Dame, Michigan, Florida State and a few other schools.

"I've already talked to my dad about it and we're going to make it happen. Right now, I don't have any favorites, I'm going to keep it all open. I like USC but I like UCLA too and all of these schools recruiting me. I'm just going to let the process play out and go from there."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 16 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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