5 Reasons 5-Star CB Iman Marshall Will Sign with USC

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IApril 28, 2014

5 Reasons 5-Star CB Iman Marshall Will Sign with USC

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    Iman Marshall is a 5-star cornerback who is among the nation's top recruits. At 6'1" and 190 pounds, the California native is a big cover man who has a lot of confidence in himself.

    Marshall has loose hips in coverage, and he also possesses fantastic instincts. Schools from all over the country are after him, but there's one program in particular who could have the inside track: USC.

    The Trojans are among Marshall's top schools, according to 247Sports. Here's a few reasons why there's a great chance he ends up in Troy next February.


    All recruiting ratings and rankings are from 247Sports' composite rankings.
    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports.

A Degree from USC Goes a Long Way

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    As with any other school, alumni of USC take care of one another. Marshall will not be able to play football forever, so he needs have something to fall back on when his playing days are over.

    A degree from USC would be an exceptional thing to have to fall back on. Marshall would have a great tool to help him get a job in a profession of his choosing, plus there's a lot of perks to take advantage of around Los Angeles as a former USC football player. 

USC Is an NFL Factory

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    The Trojans have had 480 players come through their program and get drafted into the NFL, per their website.

    Among them, 77 have been selected in the first round. USC attracts NFL scouts as much as any college in the country. NFL greats such as Troy Polamalu, Junior Seau, Keyshawn Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Bruce Matthews and Anthony Munoz all are USC alums.

    Like every recruit, Marshall likely has an aspiration of making it to the NFL. Signing with USC would surely get him a step closer to achieving his dream.

He'd Be Surrounded by a Lot Talent

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    Although depth is lacking right now, USC still has one of the most talented rosters in college football. Marshall would join a team with many other excellent football players.

    The Trojans signed 5-star cornerback Adoree' Jackson and 5-star athlete John Smith in 2014, plus USC already has two commitments from 5-star prospects for its 2015 class: quarterback Ricky Town and offensive lineman Chuma Edoga.

    Marshall would face terrific competition in practice, plus he'd win a lot of games.

Winning, History and Tradition

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    USC is one of the marquee programs in all of college football. It is full of rich history and tradition that dates back to 1888. 

    The Trojans have played in 33 Rose Bowls and have seven Heisman Trophy winners. Legendary coaches such as Howard Jones, John McKay, John Robinson and Pete Carroll have led USC on the sideline.

    USC has won 11 national titles, plus traditions such as various fight songs, its mascot and playing home games at the Coliseum all make it an exceptional program in college football.

Proximity to Home

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    Marshall hails from powerhouse Long Beach Poly High School, which is only a short drive to and from USC. 

    Signing with the Trojans would allow him to essentially stay right at home, where he would be in a familiar setting and environment. He would still be able to see his family and friends, and there would be no homesickness to deal with.

    After Marshall visited USC earlier this year, USCFootball.com (subscription required) wrote on Feb. 3:

    "After he left campus, Marshall was impressed by the time he spent around the coaches and recruits."


    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns.