Five-star cornerback Iman Marshall committed to USC via an exclusive video with Bleacher Report, choosing to sign for the Trojans over Florida State, Michigan, LSU, Notre Dame and UCLA.
Marshall had long been tipped to stay local and join USC though his recruitment remained open well through January, with official visits to LSU, Michigan, Florida State early in 2015.
He was scheduled to commit on ESPNU’s Signing Day Special but the video announcement seems to have scooped that plan.
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Securing Marshall’s signature heralds a major return for the Trojans on the college football stage with a full compliment of scholarships for the first time since 2012.
The Long Beach Poly-product is the nation’s No. 1 cornerback and No. 4 player over all according to 247Sports composite. Rivals rates him No. 3 in the country, while Scout grades him at No. 7.
Nicknamed “Biggie,” Marshall is a big-time recruit with a bright future at the college level. Measuring in at 6-1, 190 lbs, he has the size of a safety with the speed and fluidity that allows him to excel at cornerback.
Even with Kevon Seymour and Adoree’ Jackson locking down starting positions in 2014, Marshall is expected to earn a great deal of playing time right away at USC. His addition gives the 2015 Trojan secondary a chance to go down as one of the best in USC history.
The Trojans are also adding four-star cornerbacks Isaiah Langley and Ykili Ross in this class, giving USC fans even more to look forward to from the secondary for years to come.
Nabbing Marshall completes a perfect run for Steve Sarkisian’s staff in the final stretch of Signing Day.
The Trojans picked up commitments from five-star linebacker Osa Masina, four-star linebacker Porter Gustin, four-star linebacker John Houston and five-star defensive end in the last two weeks of recruiting season.