"For the next four years, I'll be a Trojan," Iman Marshall, the No. 1 cornerback in the nation, said.
Marshall chose to remain in Southern California for his college football. In an announcement ceremony Wednesday afternoon in his high school gymnasium at Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Marshall chose to don a cardinal USC hat. Marshall chose USC over Florida State, LSU, Michigan and UCLA.
Marshall, the No. 7 recruit in the nation and the No. 2 California recruit, explained his decision to become a Trojan.
"I'm trying to bring a (national championship) back to Los Angeles. Plain and simple."
While Marshall never took an official visit to USC, he spent plenty of time around the campus, taking unofficial visits and making other trips just to hang out around campus with former teammates and friends. He said he was so familiar with the school that he didn't even stop by in the last month during the stretch run of the recruiting season.
The dynamic playmaker brings elite size to the cornerback position at 6-foot-2, 195 pounds. Marshall will compete for immediate playing time at the cornerback position. With the addition of Marshall, USC has two potential lockdown cornerbacks, along with Adoree' Jackson, in the last two recruiting classes.
One of the things that intrigued Marshall most about playing at USC was opportunity to play in the same secondary with players like Su'a Cravens and Adoree' Jackson.
"We're going to make USC DB U!" Marshall said.
He also pointed to the recent commitments of five-star linebackers Osa Masina and Porter Gustin, prior to National Signing Day, as having an effect.
"Oh of course. That's one of the most important things. At the end of the day, it's about the team and having a strong nucleus is the foundation of the program and where the program is going to go in the next four seasons. Having the dudes that signed to SC, that's a big deal."
"You hate to use the term, 'can't miss' on anyone because of the added pressure but when you look at Marshall, it's very tough to see him not making it to the League," Scout National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins said.
"Most players are locked in at one position and if they don't make it, that's it for them. With Marshall, he has the ability to be a lock down cover corner but if he continues to grow and fill out, he can move to safety where his upside is tremendous at that spot as well."
With Marshall's commitment on Wednesday and the pledges of Junipero Serra five-star teammates Rasheem Green and John Houston, USC closes exceptionally well for a second year in a row. The Trojans reeled in the entire "Big Five" recruits (including Utah linebackers Osa Masina and Porter Gustin) in the final two weeks leading up to National Signing Day.