Iman Marshall, the highest rated high school football player in the state of California, announced the five schools that will be receiving official recruiting visits from him this fall and winter.
Making the cut for the Long Beach Poly cornerback are Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas. Marshall announced the list on Twitter, which currently includes six schools — one more than permitted.
— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) August 21, 2014
Marshall is one of three highly touted local recruits coveted by the Trojans, alongside Serra teammates John Houston and Rasheem Green. Although USC did not make the list for an official visit, Marshall has taken multiple unofficial visits to the campus.
By all accounts, USC appears to be the school to beat for his signature, as all 39 recruiting experts in the 247Sports Crystal Ball have Marshall wearing cardinal and gold at the next level.
Though, as with anything related to recruiting, everything could change on a dime considering the national powers that have their hats in the ring for Marshall.Long Beach Poly has long been considered a classic pipeline to USC.
And if you’re Steve Sarkisian, you’re probably hoping that JuJu Smith signing with Troy in February could re-blaze that trail following a drop off in recent years.
Given Marshall’s proximity to USC, the Trojans should be able to get him on campus more than any other school via unofficial visits. Already, he’s visited several times including during fall camp this month.
USC currently has nine players on scholarship with the ability play cornerback. Two-year starter and senior Josh Shaw will be graduated by the time Marshall plays college ball, while the top overall Californian in the 2014 class, Adoree’ Jackson, will be a sophomore next year.
Currently, USC has 16 commitments in the Class of 2015, with only one of which being cornerback. That’s two-way athlete Taeon Mason, who could ultimately wind up at receiver.
Marshall is the No. 3 recruit in the nation according to Rivals, and No. 6 overall in the 247Sports Composite.