Visits locked in for Marshall

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly five-star cornerback Iman Marshall announced he will officially visit Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Notre Dame before making his college choice on signing day.

Accepting an invitation to the Under Armour All-America in Tampa (Fla.) this January, Iman Marshall still has plenty of high school football ahead of him before he starts seriously thinking about college.

“It’s a great honor to be selected and to not only represent Long Beach Poly but California,” said Marshall. “I put all of that on my shoulders and I look at it as a big accomplishment.

“I understand it’s fun and games, but it’s also a business. I have to go out there and prove to everyone that I am the No. 1 cornerback in the nation.”

Marshall has been a notable name on the prep gridiron scene since he was a freshman. Boasting a reputation as one of the nation’s best defensive backs, Marshall has seen little action on his side of the field as a senior.

With only 16 tackles and no interceptions this season, Marshall has taken it upon himself to work on the intangibles of his game.

“Now I’m the top dog and I understand I have to take on the responsibility that has been given to me,” said Marshall. “I’m taking full advantage of that right now.

‘I’ve seen it over the years — understanding the process and trying not to make the same mistakes others have made in the past.”

Long Beach Poly new head coach Antonio Pierce has also helped Marshall evolve beyond the physical aspects of the game. As a Pro Bowl linebacker for the New York Giants, Pierce has given Marshall sage advice that is geared toward a long term career in football.

“Most importantly he has given me that structure,” said Marshall. “He talks about not only how to be a college player but how to be an NFL player.

“He tells me how to prepare and how to focus. He gives me the mentality and the knowledge that a lot of people aren’t blessed to have.”

Marshall has already done a lot of things even other highly touted recruits have not. A two time selection of The Opening, Marshall has made plenty of friends on the recruiting circuit.

“I talk to a lot of guys like Kevin Toliver, Tarvarus McFadden, Cordell Broadus, Christian Kirk… I talk to a ot of those guys,” said Marshall. “Whenever we get a chance to tal because they’re busy with friends, family and football too.”

Locally, Marshall spent two straight weeks at the Rose Bowl watching UCLA play. Unfortunately for the Bruins, both games ended in defeat.

“They had two tough losses, but it shows me their in need of cornerback and that’s an eyes opener to me,” said Marshall. “I’m just seeing how they utilize their players.”

Marshall has also been to Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for a couple of Trojan home games this season.

“With USC, I’m just seeing how they’re playing their young guys a lot,” said Marshall. “Adoree Jackson is doing his thing, John Juju Smith is doing his thing, Damien Mama is doing his thing… that’s big to me too.

“They’re playing a lot of young dudes and it shows you can go in and compete as well as anybody else.

“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from USC and UCLA. They’re both still in the building process. Both of those schools are just steps away from being national championship contenders. That’s a great thing to see.”

Marshall will make his announcement of a college decision at Long Beach Poly Feb. 4, 2015.


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