Iman Marshall aka, 'Biggie' is arguably the top defensive back in the country and one of the best corner prospects to come out of the west region in years. He was already a dominant player as a freshman and has managed to add something to his game every year. This season, his overall speed and athleticism has jumped up to match his already high level technique, strength and physicality.
It was a rough week for Marshall as one of his friends and teammates, Frank Murphy, passed away on Thursday.
"That was real rough, that's someone I played with since we were freshman," Marshall said. "His whole family was always so supportive of the team, very involved and I just really want to offer my condolences to his entire family."
The following day, Marshall had to board a flight for South Bend but said he had a great time at Notre Dame.
"It's hard to describe but you can really feel the tradition at the school," Marshall said. "Just walking around the campus, being in the locker room, walking out to the stadium and hitting the, 'play like a champion' sign, it was all a great experience for me. They have had so much success there with the National Championships and Heisman Trophy winners, I just really enjoyed being out there to soak all that in.
"I spent some time with Coach Kelly but I was mostly with Coach Cooks, the DB coach and Coach VanGorder, the DC. Coach Kelly was a good dude, pretty chill and relaxed and I really enjoyed being around Coach Cooks. He's a good guy and that's the coach you're going to spend the most time with so it was good that I was able to sit down and see what they have planned for me if I went there."
Marshall said the staff made it very clear the opportunity for early playing time is definitely there.
"Yeh, that was one of the main messages, that not only will I be able to compete for playing time but potentially a starting spot," Marshall said. "They told me I have a pretty unique skill set and they definitely need a guy like me in the secondary. They don't have a lot of depth at corner right now so I know it would be a good opportunity for me.
"The players were great with me as well and I already knew a few of them. Tyler Luatua was my host and I also hung out a lot with Max Redfield and a few other guys. I know Tyler and Max from back home and it was fun to talk with them about how they like being away from home. The basic message was Notre Dame is just a four year decision but a 40 year one and the opportunities you have away from the football field can really set you up well. Overall, I had a great time, there were no negatives there and I'm definitely giving Notre Dame a hard look."
With the dead period coming up, Marshall has some time to relax a little before a busy January gets here.
"I have my visit to Florida State set for (Jan. 16)," Marshall said. "I need to set up a visit to LSU and then for the last one, I'm still considering Alabama, Michigan and Oklahoma. I won't be taking any official visits to the local schools, UCLA or USC. If I visited one of them, I would have to visit the other and I don't want to use up two of my visits on schools that I already know a lot about.
"My plan is the same as it always was. I want to do my visits and then sit back with my dad and try and figure out where the best place for me is. We're still evaluating everyone and that's why these visits are so important. I plan to wait until Signing Day to make my decision and right now, I'm not even close to naming a leader among all the schools I'm looking at."