Iman Marshall has a busy January ahead of him and just visited a pair of schools over the weekend. He checked out Florida State first and then headed over to Ann Arbor and spent some quality time at Michigan.
"I landed at Michigan Sunday night," Marshall said. "Coach Harbaugh actually picked me up from the airport and then I met up with the other coaches. We ate and I had a chance to see Freddy Canteen, who's actually a good friend of mine. We met a few years ago when he was visiting California and we trained at the same complex. We have the same trainer so we've worked out together and he's a cool dude and it was good to spend some time with him.
"He really likes it there, all the players do. They have a great coaching staff in place and with the tradition Michigan has, it's only a matter of time before they get it rolling. They gave a great group of guys there and it was fun to be around them. I talked with Jabrill Peppers and he was telling me what a great secondary we could have if I went there.
"He said he's actually moving to safety this year and the opportunity to come compete for a starting spot is wide open. I know nothing is ever given to you, especially at a place like Michigan but just knowing there's an opportunity there is all I'm asking for."
Marshall said both Harbaugh as well as Coach Jackson, the DB coach, made a very favorable impression.
"Coach Harbaugh is a great coach, everyone knows that," Marshall said. "We watched my film together and he was asking me some pretty tough questions that I actually thought I answered well. Coach Jackson is a real cool dude and a big part of the program. I'm very comfortable with him and know I would be getting coached by someone very qualified.
"The academics are another big selling point. A degree from Michigan is huge but it's more than that, it's the networking. There are Michigan alums everywhere and it's not just about football there, it's about life after football and Michigan gets that. Being in that stadium was incredible. It's one of the biggest stadiums in the country and it was pretty special running around in there with the lights on. I had a Charles Woodson Jersey on and I can't really describe what that was like but it was definitely pretty special."
Marshall said location will not play a role in his decision and neither will the weather.
"Once you advance in football, you have no say over where you play and what kind of weather you'll be in," Marshall said. "my goal is to play at the highest level and you can't pick what team you're on or if it's a cold or warm weather city. I'm basing my decision on what school is best for me, no matter where it's at. If I'm comfortable there and feel it's a great opportunity football wise and academically, that's good enough for me."
Marshall will have a few home visits this week and then head off for visit No. 4 this weekend.
"LSU and Florida State will be over on Thursday I believe," Marshall said. "Then I leave on Friday for my official visit to LSU. On Monday, Michigan will be over. Coach Harbaugh and Coach Jackson will be coming in at the time. My final visit will be to Oregon on the 30th and then I'll have a few days before I make my decision on Signing Day.
"Right now, I'm pretty exhausted from the weekend, it was a lot to take in. I had a home visit with USC last Thursday then spent five days in a row on the road so I'm pretty tired. The USC visit was good, it was basically the whole staff minus Coach Sark. We really didn't even talk football, it was just all of us sitting together and talking about life. I like those guys a lot and have a great relationship with all of them.
"It's definitely going to be a tough decision for me and that's why I'm taking as much time as I possibly can. I have some great choices and I'm doing all my homework and giving every one of these schools a real shot. I'm honestly wide open and I'm not leaning anywhere right now. On Signing Day, I'll make my choice but I'm not close to deciding right now."
For a recap of Marshall's visit to Florida State, click below