"I actually found out about it pretty late," Steele said. "My phone wasn't on at the time, so communications between me and USF were cut off. My coach informed me when I arrived at school last week."
Originally growing up in the Orlando (Fla.) area as a youngster, having the opportunity to play in front of his loved ones is something Steele holds close to his heart.
"I'm being recruited by coach Chuck Bresnahan," Steele said. "The main thing I like about USF is the fact that it's so close to home. My family can watch me play and I never had that in high school. I also have friends there and one of my favorite players, Jason Pierre-Paul, came from there at my position so that's a plus."
While Steele currently holds a single offer from the Bulls, several other teams have turned up the heat as of late with Signing Day approaching.
With the bulk of mail continuing to grow by the week, only two schools are set to host the 6-foot-3, 240-pound pass rusher for an official visit.
"I met with USF today to set up my official visit for the 24th of January," Steele said. "I also set up a visit with California for the 31st of January as well."
When Steele sits down with his family to make his college decision, academics and having that family bond with the players and coaches will play a huge role in his selection process.
"I'm looking for a strong family environment wherever I go," Steele said. "Academic prestige will also play a role in how I will decide, but it's not a major factor. I'm also interested in the schools' Culinary Arts program, but I have yet to look into it."
While more offers are expected to come in between now and Signing Day, the Bulls have climbed to the top of Steele's list. Willie Taggart's staff has reminded the defensive lineman of the benefits of playing at home in front of his friends and family for the remaining of his college career.
"Right now, USF would be my leader," Steele said. "USF has been stressing the fact that they're building something new and I would be able to play in front of my family and friends. Which just so happens to be one of main concerns."
A decision is not on the horizon for Steele, but with the Bulls being the first school to pull the trigger with an offer, they'll be there until the end for the Orlando native.
"I don't know right now when I'll decide," Steele said. "I'm going to weigh out my options as they come and make the best decision, but USF will have a definite spot."