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
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
“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.
Visits locked in for Marshall
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