One of the top visitors at Iowa over the weekend was actually a 2018 prospect in Indianapolis running back Markese Stepp. He's teammates of 2017 safety Ben Stewart, another player the Hawkeyes have offered, at Cathedral High School.
Stepp was expected to be a national recruit and he certainly is already. He's already compiled an offer sheet that includes Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Tennessee, in addition to Iowa.
He's been on numerous visits, including trips to Notre Dame, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, and Illinois. Sunday was his first time in Iowa City and the Hawkeyes undoubtedly made a strong impression.
"Their facilities, right now, are the best I've seen," Stepp said. "They're at least up there. The coaching staff was great. They're very genuine and down to earth. They made me feel at home. They care a lot about their players in everything they do. Everything they do is geared towards making them a good football player, a better player and a better person."
Another aspect of Stepp's time in Iowa City was the ability to go over film with Hawkeye running backs coach Chris White where he was able to get an idea of how he would be coached at Iowa.
"The running backs coach, Coach White, watched film with me one on one," Stepp shared. "It was great to do. We broke down the film and he told and showed me how he wanted his running backs to run. He wants them to run violent and with a purpose. I also got one-on-one time with head coach Kirk Ferentz. We just talked about life and not really football. I asked him how he stayed at this one place for 17 years and he said Iowa City was a great place and that there's nothing else like it."
Stepp plans to make it back to Iowa, and possibly very soon.
"Yeah, I'll be visiting Iowa again," he admitted. "I might visit one of their spring practices."
The star running back from Indianapolis also gave an idea of what schools are jumping out to him early on.
"I really like Notre Dame, Michigan State, and Iowa. I also plan to make it to Tennessee and Syracuse. I liked Illinois, too. It was a really nice visit."