Greensburg Central Catholic lineman Josh Stepoli was at Maryland this past weekend, where he has reconnected with former Pitt assistant Greg Gattuso, who is now recruiting him at Maryland. Stepoli took an unofficial visit there last weekend with teammate Tyler Alt. Maryland left an early good impression on him.
"I like Maryland a lot," Stepoli said. "They have a big campus, and I like all the coaches too. Coach Gattuso is the one recruiting me. I liked all of it. They have a nice stadium, and they're in the ACC, so there's good competition."
Stepoli has also taken unofficial visits to Pitt and Rutgers; Rutgers for junior day, and an earlier visit to Pitt for the Pitt-Syracuse basketball game last month. In just a short time, Stepoli says he's developed a good relationship with the new Pitt coaching staff.
"It's been good," Stepoli said of Pitt. "I haven't talked to the head coach yet. I'm going down to the Pitt-Villanova game (March 5), so we'll see how that goes. (Graham) wants to meet with me. Last time I went there, there was Desimon Green, Rushel Shell, Lafayette Pitts, all those guys. It was nice. It was packed that game."
In addition to Pitt, Rutgers and Maryland, Stepoli was at a camp at Michigan State on Sunday, and also has some future visits planned for the winter and spring.
"I made the best one-on-ones (at Michigan State)," Stepoli added. "I have a junior day up there I think I'm going to, not next week, but the following week, I'll be going up there for junior day. I only talked to one of their coaches, the recruiter for my area.
"I'm not sure about any camps or anything, but I got invited to Duke's junior day. I'm going to see if me and my dad can make it down there. Alabama and all those schools have sent me letters; Nebraska, Syracuse, most of the schools in the Big East, the Big 12 and just two SEC schools."
Stepoli says he is in the weight room six days a week, already in preparation for his senior year. He was an all-conference selection on both sides of the ball in 2010, and was also a first-team all-state selection at defensive end.