A pair of sophomore Blue-Gold game visitors exited campus on Saturday with offers in tow, but the lone 2018 visitor to enter the day with an offer already in hand was Markese Stepp.
“The atmosphere was great,” Stepp said. “It wasn’t like an actual game but it definitely felt like more than just a spring game.”
The four-star back from Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral added a Notre Dame offer in February. Saturday marked Stepp’s first visit to campus as an offered prospect. It was also his first time seeing campus in its entirety.
“It was my first time seeing campus, and I loved it,” Stepp said. “I loved the Grotto and the golden dome. My dad and I got a tour after the game was over.”
Prior to the game, Stepp spoke with head coach Brian Kelly and area recruiter and recruiting coordinator Mike Elston.
“(Kelly) told me that I’m a great fit at Notre Dame like [junior linebacker commitment] Pete (Werner),” Stepp said. “He said I fit great academically and with football and my character. I talked to coach Elston and he told me the same things.”
Stepp sat next to 2017 offensive line commitment Josh Lugg during the game. He also had his eye on the Irish running backs.
“They run hard and fast, and they’re strong runners,” Stepp said. “The offense was really fast and I liked that. Josh was real cool. We talked about stuff but not about football.”
Saturday was Stepp’s third visit to campus. He visited twice in the fall, but Saturday’s visit claims the title as his favorite.
“It was probably the best one so far I would say,” Stepp said. “I liked atmosphere and I felt more comfortable and liked seeing campus.”
Stepp is tentatively scheduled to visit Michigan State on Saturday.
Currently the Irish and Spartans are tied at the top for his services.