On Friday afternoon Notre Dame joined Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Tennessee, Syracuse and Purdue when it offered sophomore Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral running back Markese Stepp.
“I talked to coach (Mike) Elston today, and he told me the entire staff sat down and watched my film this morning,” Stepp said. “He said they love how I run with purpose and love my speed. He said they view me as a big priority and think I can do big things for them and help them win a national championship.
‘They want to get me up there for a one-on-one visit. We are going to set that up soon.”
The 6-foot, 205-pound running back visited Notre Dame last fall for games against Georgia Tech and USC.
“It’s an unreal feeling, it’s a dream come true,” Stepp said. “I don’t even know what to say. I was teary-eyed when they offered.
“There’s just something about Notre Dame. There’s just so much history. That atmosphere is amazing. When I’m watching Notre Dame, I’m not just watching the guys on the field, but everyone that came before them. That’s the feeling I get.”
Stepp says he plans to take his recruitment in stride and not rush a decision.
“I’m going to wait out a commitment,” Stepp said. “But Notre Dame is definitely my top school. They’re in my top three with Michigan State and either Tennessee or Iowa.”
Stepp visits Michigan State, which offered on Wednesday, this Sunday for Junior Day. He visits Iowa next weekend.
Stepp is teammates with 2017 linebacker Pete Werner, who added an Irish offer last week.