No. 13 RB Markese Stepp is committed to Notre Dame, but SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, Big Ten still on him

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Notre Dame running back commit Markese Stepp continues to hear from plenty of other schools.

Markese Stepp committed to Notre Dame nearly 11 months ago, and his status remains unchanged.

However, the four-star running back knows the landscape of college football, so he is not about to shut off his recruitment in its entirety because change is part of the business.

"Almost every morning, all the ones who offered are still contacting me," said Stepp, who plays at Indianapolis Cathedral. "The ones contacting me the most are Georgia and USC. They are still recruiting me really hard. MichiganNebraskaTexas are still on me a lot. And Notre Dame. I'm always in contact with them."

During the conversations, Stepp makes sure schools know his status.

"I tell them I'm still committed to Notre Dame," he said. "I feel like it is always all right to talk to other coaches just in case something bad goes down so you still have a backup plan."

The 6-foot, 220-pound Stepp was at The Opening Regional at the New York Jets' practice facility, and he was joined by a host of Notre Dame commits and targets.

Defensive line commits Jayson Ademilola and Justin Ademilola were there as well as a few uncommitted players, and the No. 13 running back in the class of 2018 prospect spoke to each of them.

"I was talking to Jeremy Ruckert and Micah Parsons," Stepp said. "I don't know, though, because I think he's going to Ohio State. I was also talking to Shayne Simon.

"I talked to a lot of them. It's been pretty funny because we came in as the early group (7:45 a.m. testing) so we were all chatting it up and having a good time and laughing it up."

As Stepp sorts through the next few months and the enters his senior season, other schools are pushing for him to make trips.

So, will he make any?

"I don't know," he said. "I can't tell what the future holds."

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