Rutgers is among the interested parties, having extended an offer to the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder and inviting him to campus for spring practice.
"I think they're going hard because they always (talk to) me," Stepoli said. "I talk to (assistant) coach Robb Smith and then the head coach (Greg Schiano)."
Stepoli attended Rutgers' junior day in January, and got a feels for the campus. But he is going back at a yet-to-be-determined date so he watch a spring practice and get to know the coaches and players better.
"I'm going to make it up there for a spring practice," Stepoli said. "I really don't know a lot about the school. I really liked the campus (at junior day). They showed us around the campus and we met with the coaches."
Rutgers and Pittsburgh are the two schools to offer Stepoli, who also plans on making a trip to see a Panthers spring practice.
"Most schools say they're close to offering, but they're waiting for these one-day camps," Stepoli said. "I have two for-sure camps. I'm going to go to a Nike camp at Penn State and Ohio State."
Stepoli played for Greensburg (Pa.) Central Catholic last season, where he also registered 10 tackles as a defensive end while also playing on the offensive line, but has since transferred to Monessen High.
The process should intensify for Stepoli as the spring evaluation period commences, but he does not plan on letting the recruiting process linger.
"I think I'm going to commit somewhere before football season starts," he said. "I think that's a good time for me to do this."