Iman Marshall made headlines in late August when he shared his slate of official visits. He is set to spend time at Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, Michigan and either Texas or Oklahoma.
The 5-star cornerback asked fans to weigh in on which Big 12 team should receive his fifth and final visit.
"Texas and Oklahoma are both known as top programs, so that made it really hard for me to pick one or the other," Marshall said. "Guys are always looking for different ways to make the recruiting process a little more interesting, and I thought this would be a cool thing to do. I'm bringing in the fanbases to help me out."
Aside from those six squads, he remains extremely interested in closer options such as Stanford, UCLA and USC. Marshall said he didn't want to "waste" official visits at familiar schools.
Why He's Ready
Marshall is a football junkie. He enjoys the preparation almost as much as the game itself and spends a lot of time watching film.
"Preparation is so important because it helps you react as quickly as possible, and that’s what playing defensive back is all about," Marshall said. "When you study something over and over again, nothing is a surprise anymore. You understand what’s coming—the formations, the schemes, everything."
That diligence pays off on a weekly basis, as Marshall blankets receivers and challenges the run with a strong feel for what's coming his way. He didn't allow a single pass completion in league action last season and earned even more respect with a physical performance at The Opening.
"He definitely challenges you," top-ranked quarterback Josh Rosen said. "It's fun facing a player like him because it forces you to bring your best on each and every play. You can't afford to make a mistake."
Beyond his agility and tenacity, opponents also recognized his intelligence.
"He's like a sponge when it comes to absorbing the stuff coaches are teaching out here," 5-star receiver Christian Kirk said. "You can tell he's listening to everything they have to say and then using it to get better."
Marshall, a 6'1", 190-pound Long Beach Poly High School product, is about as savvy as they come before college.