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Five-star CB focused on official trips

Iman Marshall is the top-rated cornerback by Rivals.com but the five-star still has that motivation, that hunger, to prove he's one of the top players in the 2015 class.
The Long Beach (Calif.) Poly had an excellent summer at two major showcases - the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour and The Opening - but Marshall is still not satisfied.
"I'm still motivated to prove myself," Marshall said. "Out there are a lot of people who still doubt me as that No. 1 dude especially at the cornerback position. I feel like every time I step on the field I always have to prove myself and show people why I should be that No. 1 dude.
"I've done it but there are still some people who are unsure. I want to be across the board consistent that I'm the No. 1 dude. I still have to go out there and compete and show people I am that No. 1 guy."
Marshall has turned his focus to his senior season - and to some official visits. Rated as the fifth-best prospect in the class, Marshall said he's very seriously considering trips to Notre Dame and Florida State and then others will be figured out as well.
"For official visits I'm going to take one to Notre Dame, I know that for a fact, and most likely I'll take one to Florida State, too. Unofficially, my dad and I still need to talk about some of the visits I'm going to take.
"Notre Dame's program speaks for itself. The tradition like Long Beach Poly, I'm coming from a school with a rich tradition. At Notre Dame they have that, too. The connections and networks you get from Notre Dame are across the world and that's really important to me.
"Coming off a championship, (Florida State) knows how to produce a lot of DBs and they have some guys in my class who are really nice like Derwin James and Tyrek Cole. I like them and I want to check it out for myself and see it for myself."
As for the local schools, UCLA and USC are also under close watch. Marshall said he loves the job UCLA coach Jim Mora is doing and he's intrigued to see how young talent like John Smith, Adoree' Jackson and Jonathan Lockett are used at USC this season.
All of it could influence his decision.
"USC and UCLA are very strong in my recruiting process," Marshall said. "I like what Jim Mora is doing with UCLA. They're going to be very strong and contending for a national championship this year.
"With USC, I'd like to see what they do this season. New coaches, a lot of top dudes are up there, they're doing their thing so I want to see how they play the young talent at SC."