Cornerback Gets Noticed

He's Steve Stepter, and while the 5-10, 180-pound defensive back was possibly getting overshadowed in the Crenshaw secondary last season, many consider him just as good as his more heralded former teammates. He talked to us about his recruitment after a fine performance at the B2G Camp...

A player we've heard a lot about but didn't get a chance to see in person until B2G was Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw cornerback Steve Stepter (5-10, 180). While his film was good, seeing Stepter in person helped get a better read on him.

And Stepter didn't disappoint. He was arguably among the top five corners at the B2G Camp and, while he isn't the biggest person, he has good instincts, great footwork and reads the receivers very well. He struggled a bit early on in bumping the receivers, but got better over the weekend.

Stepter is still awaiting his first scholarship offer, but there is a solid group of five schools he's hearing from. "UCLA, Washington, LSU, Nebraska and Nevada, that's about all I'm hearing from," said Stepter. "UCLA, Washington and LSU are my top three."

With teammates Raymond Carter and Brian Price both headed to UCLA, and assistant coach Eric Scott a UCLA alumnus, Stepter said he ultimately would like to join them among the ranks of Bruin footballers. "If UCLA offered me, I would take it. I wouldn't mind taking all of my five visits. But that's my top school," said Stepter.

Last season, Stepter played opposite Cal signee Darian Hagan and there are many scouting types who considered Stepter just as much of a prospect as the more-heralded Hagan. With Hagan on the other side, Stepter said opposing teams rarely threw at him. "They didn't test me at all. Really, they were going against Darian Hagan's side," said Stepter. "I made it hard for quarterbacks to throw to my side."

Stepter finished the year with 70 tackles and three interceptions, including one which he took back for a touchdown. He earned all-league and all-City Section honors and helped lead the Cougars to the City Section title.

On the many factors in his college decision, Stepter said one will be the more influential. "It comes down to playing time," Stepter said. "Academics are big. My family said it doesn't matter where I play, close or far. I can take any visit to home whether I'm close or far. So really, it's playing time. But it all really doesn't matter to me as long as I go D-1."

Stepter said he would like to make his decision during the season.

Academically, he has a 3.4 GPA and took the SAT on June 3rd.


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