Robert Steeples, a 6-2, 190 pound CB out of DeSmet Jesuit HS in St. Louis, Mo., is seeing heavy interest from a pair of Big Ten schools and a pair of Big Twelve schools.
Steeples, who reports a hand-timed 4.4 40-yard dash, is looking for more than just winning when making his school selection, he wants a well-rounded program.
"A lot of it has to do with the tradition," he said. "The guys at Iowa and Wisconsin that I met at Junior Days, they were real down to earth guys. Coach Ferentz and Coach Bielema, it was good to talk to them. Academics is another big thing I like in whatever school I go to."
Steeples has visited Iowa and Wisconsin on Junior day visits, and plans to visit Colorado in April for a camp or spring practice. He also will definitely be visiting Iowa and Wisconsin for summer camps, and hopefully coming away with his first offers.
"I talked to Coach Ferentz and Coach Bielema and they said to come up there and work out for them," he said. "They haven't seen much game film on me, I guess, being that I'm a CB I'm not really in the frame of the camera. All you see is me backpedaling and making a play on the ball. I'm going to come up there and work out for them, and hopefully pick up an offer then."
When they do see him in camp, Steeples says they should expect an aggressive defender.
"I guess I would consider myself a lockdown cornerback," he said when asked what type of player he is. "I've been playing football since I was 6, so I guess as far as the football IQ part, I've got that down. Also my speedy footwork, that works to my advantage. I like to play cover 1, that's my favorite. I like to get up there and jam (a receiver.)"
Steeples has been taking these junior day visits with his teammate and friend Wes Kemp. They're also friends with Jason Ford, one of the top RBs in the state of Illinois in 2008. Could one school scoop up this talented trio?
"Yeah, that'd be nice," Steeples said. "I saw Jason (Ford) up at Wisconsin with Wesley and he's always talking about us going to the same school or competing against each other in the same conference. Either way it would be pretty fun."
While Steeples is still waiting on his first offer, his Big Ten suitors may be close to officially offering.
"I just sent out some more detailed film, but Iowa and Wisconsin, especially Iowa, are talking real strongly about offering me," he said. "(Iowa) didn't sign too many cornerbacks in this past class, they've been real honest with me about who they're picking up and where they want me to play."