Notre Dame’s run of landing elite in-state prospects continues. The Irish accepted the commitment of 2018 running back Markese Stepp over the weekend.
The star running back at Indianapolis’ Cathedral High School chose Notre Dame over offers from Michigan, Iowa, Tennessee and a dozen other schools after spending Saturday at the Irish Invasion camp.
Steep took to Twitter to make the news official, posting the following statement:
“Thanking God for all he has done & every coaching staff that has extended me a football scholarship offer. However, today after many prayers & conversations with my family, I have officially decided to conclude my recruiting process & verbally commit to THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME. I’m beyond excited to become a part of the legacy in South Bend.”
Stepp is the second member of the 2018 class (he’ll sign his letter-of-intent in roughly 20 months), joining blue-chip quarterback Phil Jurkovec as super-early commitments. The six-foot, 205-pounder hails from the same high school that brought former safety John Turner to South Bend and he’s a teammate of 2017 commit Pete Werner.
Notre Dame’s had their sights on Stepp for a long time, offering back in February, one of their earliest 2018 offers. Already viewed as one of the state’s best running backs, Stepp’s blend of power and speed helped him run for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns.