Cathedral running back Markese Stepp is well-known for his recruiting prowess. He looked to enhance that reputation on Saturday during the Blue-Gold Game while flanked by commitments, prospects and a few incoming freshmen.
“It was a great atmosphere,” Stepp said. “Notre Dame has one of the best teams in the country. It was great seeing all the 2017 guys come back so we could all get together and just have a great time.”
The running backs had a great showing on Saturday, breaking off big runs, proving their relentless offseason training will come to fruition this fall.
“Those dudes, those are some good guys, even off the field,” Stepp said. “They work hard and it’s paying off.”
Of course, Stepp spoke about recruiting. Together with several of his future teammates, they pitched the Irish on some of the top targets during the game.
“It was great,” Stepp said. “Dallas Gant, we really gave him an earful. I think we have a good chance of getting him. We’ll see though.”
Wide receiver Chase Cota received an Irish offer on March 31. The four-star receiver was approached by Stepp and others on Saturday.
“We went after him too,” Stepp said. “I talked to him. He really liked the visit. It was his first time up here, but I think in the long run, he’s a guy I could see coming here.”
Wide receiver Kevin Austin also made the trip to South Bend from Coconut Creek, Fla.
“I didn’t get a chance to speak with (Austin), but when I saw him, he looked like he really enjoyed the visit,” Stepp said. “He looked enthusiastic about the place, like he was having a good time.”
Stepp spent the majority of his time speaking with the top targets, which didn’t allow him to move on to any of the recruits who don’t own Notre Dame offers.
“I was kind of locked up with the offered kids this weekend, especially Dallas Gant,” Stepp said. “That was my main guy.”
After the game, Stepp joined twins Jayson and Justin Ademilola and other members of the Notre Dame football program to bond on campus.
“It was pretty cool hanging out with them,” Stepp said. “We hung out with some players as well. It was pretty cool.”