Marshall Close to Setting Visits

OCT. 31 -- Long Beach Poly (Calif.) defensive back Iman Marshall still hasn't set up any of his official visits yet but could be getting closer...

Iman Marshall, the top rated player out West and No. 11 overall recruit in the country. He's a big, physical corner who plays with advanced technique, a high compete level and improving athleticism.

On the recruiting front, Marshall has the five schools he plans on visiting but still needs to add the dates.

"I'm taking the SAT next week," Marshall said. "After I take the test and get all my paperwork squared away, then I'll set up the dates. The five visits I'll be taking are to Oklahoma, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida State and Michigan. I'll also take unofficial visits to Stanford, USC, UCLA and hopefully to Oregon.

"I would love to get to Notre Dame on a game weekend and LSU as well. The others will hopefully be during Bowl week so I can see the team practice. I'm not announcing until Signing Day so I have plenty of time. November, December and January is when I'll do all my trips and hopefully I can get them set pretty soon here."

Although many feel Marshall won't stray too far from home, he said location isn't a factor for him.

"I'm looking for where I fit in best and where I'm most comfortable," Marshall said. "I'm trying to find the best fit for me not just on the field but off of it as well. Academics are big as well as where I'm comfortable socially. I'm trying to find a school that is going to help me grow as a player but will also make me a better person as well so my relationships with the coaches and players is very important."

Marshall has already taken in multiple home games at USC and UCLA this year and said he has a strong comfort level with both local schools.

"I went to the last couple of UCLA home games and I'm going to try and get out there this weekend for the Arizona game if I can," Marshall said. "My comfort level is very high with UCLA, they have a good staff and Coach Mora is laying a strong foundation for future success. They have a lot of young talent and you're already seeing guys like Jaleel Wadood and Nate Starks making plays.

"Josh Rosen is coming in and I think he could make an immediate impact and the program is definitely going in the right place. My relationship with my position coach is very important and Coach Meat (Martin) has been recruiting me longer than anyone. When we talk, we talk more about life than just football. I know this is a business decision and I'm looking at it long term and not short term and UCLA has a lot to offer right now."

As for the Trojans, Marshall has been on campus so many times, he could give his own personal tour.

"USC has great young talent and they play freshman as well," Marshall said. "I like the coaching staff and I'm close with Coach Heyward. He's a smart, Xs and Os guy and is already doing great things with Adoree Jackson. You can see how much Adoree has already improved and everyone I talk really speaks highly of him.

"I like coach Sark as well and I think he's a very good coach. He's a very humble guy, easy to talk with and he wants what's best for the players, that's easy to tell. I've been up to USC a ton of times so there's a strong comfort level there for sure but like I said, this will be a Business decision for me. I have to do what is best for me and right now, I'm open and giving every school on my list a real shot."

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