Marshall: 'I knew I was going to be a Trojan for life'

Marshall: 'I knew I was going to be a Trojan for life'

Published Feb. 4, 2015 6:44 p.m. ET

Iman Marshall is straight forward on the football field -- not much flash, straight to the point with physicality and aggression, which is rare for a cornerback.

On Wednesday, Marshall let out his inner corner with a little sizzle in one of the most memorable Signing Day announcements to date.

The Long Beach Poly product went on national TV and donned a Cardinal & Gold USC hat with a platinum brim. He likely was the most dapper of those to make an announcement on Wednesday.

On a day in which Snoop's son joined Puffy's son in Westwood, Marshall went musical announcing to USC with a bang. A Bleacher Report produced part music video, part docudrama, featuring Marshall getting dropped off at his new home Saturdays in the fall --the Coliseum --provided a grand announcement for the nation's top cornerback.


That's about as flashy as they come.

"I tried to put a spin on the recruiting process," Marshall said on the High School Spotlight Signing Day Special. "You got the traditional hat thing so I was thinking let me go outside the box and try something new. So, I got a group of guys and we made something special."

The video also further proves the point that while Marshall's announcement was a big secret to the outside world, it wasn't much of a mystery to him.

As recent as Tuesday, there were whispers that Marshall could leave his home state. There were plenty of options -- LSU, Michigan and Florida State to name a few.

One recruiting website had Marshall committing to USC at just a 60 percent chance which was far less than some of the others to sign with USC on Wednesday.

Southern California, however, was where he wanted to be.

"I've been knew where I wanted to go," Marshall said. "You still have to go out there and look and see what else is out there but I knew I was going to be a Trojan for life. I grew up a Trojan."

Now Trojan fans, who have been clamoring for months about the possibility of Marshall lining up opposite Pac-12 Freshman Defensive Player of the Year, Adoree' Jackson, are closer to that possibility.

Marshall is excited about it, too, but understands the process.

"Right now it's business," Marshall said. "Tomorrow I'm getting in the playbook, understanding that, getting used to it, because I'm trying to come in and start as early as possible. Get under them guys and try to learn as much as I can from them dudes and just try to bring a (national championship) back to Los Angeles."

Marshall's monumental step in high school recruiting has passed. Now back to his regularly scheduled programming.