UA Game Interview: Iman Marshall

Jan. 1 -- The five-star Long Beach Poly DB talks about his busy schedule between now and Signing Day...

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There was no player that received more one on one attention from Herm Edwards on Day 1 of the Under Armour All-America practice than Iman Marshall. Marshall, who is best known by his nickname, "Biggie", had a solid first day and caught up with Scout to recap it.

"Coach Edwards understands what it takes," Marshall explained. "He really understands the game. He told us last night that he's been around the game for 30+ years. He understands talent and I'm just trying to soak it in. I'm making a point to ask him as many questions as I can. I'm here to learn the game better and to improve in all aspects of football."

Marshall is one of three prospects from California on Team Highlight. He is well aware of his opportunity to represent his home-state and Long Beach Poly.

"First and foremost, I'm out here to compete," Marshall stated. "The best of the best are out here and I think I belong, so I'm out here to show that. But beyond that, I'm trying to represent Cali. I'm out here trying to show everyone what Cali football is all about. Last but not least, it's about Long Beach Poly. I always represent where I'm from. I wear that around on my shoulder. That's where I've been, that's where I grew up, that's where I played the last four years, I'm a Poly boy for life."

From a recruiting standpoint, Marshall is still in the process of figuring out his final official visits. There are a few schools battling for that last spot.

"I know I'm heading out to Florida State right after the dead period," Marshall said. "LSU is also a visit I know I am going to take. Beyond that, I am still trying to figure it out. Michigan, Oregon, and Alabama are all in the conversation. Me and my parents need to sit down and figure that all out pretty soon. I'll play anywhere in the country. Location isn't really a factor to me. I want to play with the best and against the best."

"Coach Harbaugh going to Michigan is a game changer. Obviously, he knows what it takes to get to the highest level. He has changed Stanford and the 49ers around. I also know that coaching staffs can come and go, so I have to commit to a school and program, not just some coaches. I need to find the program that will prepare me best for life after college. That's what this process is all about."

Alabama, FSU, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, UCLA, and USC are all schools that Marshall is still considering and it looks like his decision may come down to the last minute.

From a football perspective, Marshall had an up and down day, finishing on a high note with an impressive interception on Jarrett Stidham. He had a few nice battles with Terry Godwin and Da'vante Phillips and was one of the better defensive backs on day 1.

Herm Edwards showed the Long Beach Poly five-star a lot of attention, consistently coaching him up after every play.

(Biggie Marshall getting coached up by Herm Edwards)

Day Three Update

Iman Marshall is one of the top prospects in the country. The five-star cornerback has been as good as advertised at the Under Armour All-America festivities thus far. Here are a few notes from today.

Biggie Tidbits

Marshall's Thoughts on the SoCal schools: "When I talked with you the other day, I was so busy talking about what I'm planning to do here at the All-American Game and what's on the horizon in January. What I didn't mention is that I'm definitely high on both the local schools. I love USC and UCLA. Those places are like home for me and will be in the mix until the end. I don't see any reason to take official visits there, I've been around enough to know those programs."

Biggie's final visits: "You already know I'm tripping to LSU and Florida State in January, but I've also decided I'm going to Oregon and Michigan. My dad talked to Coach Harbaugh yesterday and like I said the other day, I'm definitely interested in seeing what he is all about. I'm going to take these visits and then I'll make a decision and announce on Signing Day."

Herm Edwards on Iman Marshall: "He's a special talent. There's a lot to like about him. His ball skills have been impressive. Marshall is a tough kid that plays with physicality. What I really like about him is he is always asking me and the other coaches good questions. You know a kid wants to get better when they are picking your brain. He'll be a good pick up wherever he goes."

Scout's Take: Through day 3, you could make a compelling argument that Marshall is the top defensive back down here. He battles on every rep and has consistently played at a high level. Going against the top receivers in the country, Marshall lost very few of his one-on-one reps. What goes overlooked with Biggie is his intelligence and instincts, he always seemed to be a step or two ahead of the quarterback and receiver. He is a true student of the game. A lot of kids are using the Under Armour All-America Game as a vacation and way to unwind after the season, but Marshall is treating it as a business trip. It was tough to find a flaw in his game, Marshall is the real deal.

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