Robert Steeples Update

It's been a surprisingly slow start to the recruitment of talented De Smet (Mo.) defensive back Robert Steeples. After picking up an offer from in-state Mizzou, though, and performing very well at the Scout.com combine in Chicago last weekend, it seems likely it'll accelerate any day now.


At 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Steeples is a similar size to the two defensive backs to which he models his game—both Ronnie Lott and Deion Sanders were roughly the same size.

Steeples said that he likes to base his game off the two Pro-Bowlers.

"I like to be a playmaker like Deion. I also like delivering a big hit like Ronnie Lott did." Steeples runs a 4.4-second 40-yard dash and grew up a fan of former Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson.

Not only does Steeples perform well on the field, but he also excels in the classroom, scoring a 22 on the ACT and compiling a 3.4 grade point average.
"Last semester I had a 4.08 [weighted] GPA," he said.

Holding only the Mizzou offer, Steeples is unable to offer a full list of favorites.

"Being that I don't have multiple offers, I can't name [my leaders]. I like the [schools] I'm visiting," he said.

He does, however, name Missouri and Wake Forest as the two teams that are on him the hardest.

"Mizzou because they offered me, and Wake is on me pretty tough right now," he said.

Mizzou first contacted Steeples in early March by sending a letter and later was impressed with his game enough to offer the DeSmet Jesuit defender a scholarship two months later.

He isn't sure when he will make a decision and commit to a school.

"Right now I want to evaluate more colleges and have them evaluate me," Steeples said.

Steeples' best friend and teammate Wes Kemp is also a major target of interest for Missouri. The two look have discussed the possibility of playing alongside each other on the next level, though Kemp is being recruited by a bevy of different major programs while Steeples' recruitment hasn't quite reached that level yet. The two plan on traveling to camps and combines together this summer.

"We talk pretty much every day," Steeples said.

The St. Louis native's summer plans include planned visits to Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Iowa and Wisconsin. He will also spend the summer training, and, as the summer heats up, so will his recruitment.

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