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Texas offers elite California CB Iman Marshall

Hey, why not?

Iman Marshall at a Nike event
Iman Marshall at a Nike event
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The Texas Longhorns coaching staff has remained active on the recruiting trail extending new offers, with Long Beach (Calif.) Long Beach Poly cornerback Iman Marshall picking one up on Tuesday evening:

A national top-10 prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Marshall is a 6'1, 190-pounder who is obviously on the tall side for a cornerback. Ranked as a consensus five-star prospect and the No. 2 cornerback nationally, he's considered the No. 2 player in the state of California, behind star quarterback Josh Rosen.

The offer list for the Long Beach Poly product is as extensive as one would expect from such a highly-regarded recruit -- he has at least 25 offers from many of the nation's top programs. Hometown USC is the runaway leader in his recruitment, according to the industry consensus of the 247Sports Crystal Ball -- the Trojans currently hold 94% of the votes there.

However, there may be a slight chance for the Horns, as Rivals is teasing that Marshall is "serious" about the offer.

Two things stand out about Marshall. The first is that he was one of the few non-seniors invited to The Opening in 2013, something only one or two prospects manage each year. The second is that he ran a 4.68 40 at the event, a time that is hardly elite for his position and could raise questions about his ability to play cornerback in college, depending on whether it was just a poor day for him, how much experience/technique he has, and whether he has

In any case, Marshall is a tall, long, physical cornerback who excels in press coverage and will play the boundary corner position in college if he stays at cornerback. If not, he clearly has the physicality to excel as a safety, perhaps even as a player who walks down into the box, as it isn't out of the question that he could eventually play at 210 pounds.

HIs short-area quickness and recovery speed on film both appear stronger than his sub-par 40 time at The Opening last year would indicate. He also has the ability to play in zone coverage, where his instincts allow him to read and bait quarterbacks into bad decisions.

Some schematic help may be necessary to highlight his strengths in college and he could end up being a dominant nickel back or safety because he is such a strong tackler and can read plays so well.