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St. John Bosco four-star sophomore cornerback Chris Steele still considering USC among others

Chris Steele labels himself as a solid commitment to UCLA, but with a flurry of unofficial visits on the horizon and plans to take all five official visits his senior year, the four-star cornerback is a soft commitment by definition.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star cornerback Chris Steele committed to UCLA in January, but at the same time of his verbal commitment, Steele made it clear he wanted to still consider other schools. 

As a member of the 2019 recruiting class, USC is one of the schools he continues to consider. 

“I’m still talking to USC and the coaches since I committed,” said Steele. “My opinions are still open because I still have two whole years (to sign) and a lot can happen in two years. 

“I’m still talking to USC and other schools as well. I’m still weighing out my options.”

USC remains under consideration for several reasons. 

“They have really good tradition and they’ve been telling me that I could come in my freshman year and play a really big role,” said Steele. “With the defense that they play, they see me in a Su’a Cravens' role.

“That would be really huge. When they said that to me, that was music to my ears. I’m still looking at them and I will take a visit there soon just to see what they’re talking about.”

When Steele takes that visit later this spring, he has one main question to get answered about USC. 

“How fast am I going to be able to see the field,” said Steele. “I obviously want to come in and have a big impact, so when I come in I want to be able to play my freshman year. That’s the main thing.”

The Trojans offered Steele a scholarship just before he committed to UCLA. Even though he ended up verbally committing to the Bruins, he still sees that USC scholarship offer as a significant. 

“That’s my hometown school — that’s the main thing,” said Steele. “I grew up going to a lot of USC games, so that was a huge offer for me.”

Ohio State and Stanford are two other schools recruiting Steele heavily. He will unofficially visit Stanford this spring and is taking AP classes at St. John Bosco in hopes of a cardinal scholarship offer. 

“If I graduate with a degree from Stanford, I’ll be set,” said Steele. 

In addition to making a Midwest trip to Ohio State, he plans on hitting Michigan State and Notre Dame. Despite his interest in other schools and from other schools, Steel says he remains solid with his commitment to UCLA.

“It’s my dream school and I’ve always wanted to go to UCLA,” said Steele. “I still have two years though, so I’d be crazy not to check out other schools.” Top Stories