- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Iman Marshall hasn't said much when it comes to recruiting, constantly maintaining that he is wide open to the process and without any favorites. On Thursday, the No. 8 overall prospect and No.1 player in the West region took a significant step toward shedding some light on his recruiting situation, tweeting out the schools he will officially visit before making his decision. Of course, as always with recruiting, Marshall still provided for some grey area.
After announcing that he'd be listing his five official visits, Marshall tweeted six schools, as Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas all made the list. The five-star prospect offered a little clarity, saying he is town between Oklahoma and Texas, then asked the fan bases of those two schools to help him decide which to see for his fifth visit.
— Biggie (@iman_marshall8) August 21, 2014
Marshall holds offers from plenty of big-name programs and has spoken highly of many of them, but there were no surprises with this list of official visits. LSU caught the eye of several top West region recruits over the past few years, as Priest Willis in 2013 and Adoree' Jackson in 2014 took long looks at the Tigers before ultimately staying closer to home.
While Michigan hasn't found recruiting success in the state of California since Erik Magnuson in the 2012 class, it's a school that is consistently on the minds of the state's top prospects, as the Wolverines have made an impact with Marshall, as well as defensive end Keisean Lucier-South this year. Notre Dame's inclusion on the list is hardly shocking as well, as the Fighting Irish are always a presence in California, grabbing two of the state's best over the past two years, in Tyler Luatua and Max Redfield. Florida State is using its recent success to make a push in California as well, as the Seminoles should probably be seen as a fairly significant threat, now that he's decided to visit.
This is hardly a final list for Marshall, as three Pac-12 schools pose significant challenges to the out-of-state schools. Stanford, UCLA and USC -- likely the three schools with the best chance of signing Marshall at this point -- will all receive unofficial visits from the standout cornerback, with the Bruins and Trojans likely to receive several. In fact, until a school outside the state completely blows him away on a visit, it will be tough to pull him away from California. Marshall plans to announce his decision on signing day.
The official visits to those schools are not set yet, and things could certainly get interesting as Oklahoma and Texas fans take to Twitter in attempts to sway Marshall into taking an official visit to their school. Though, it's not as if Sooners and Longhorns fans needed the invitation for a spirited back and forth on social media.
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