Cathedral’s Markese Stepp showed in Friday’s 35-6 win over Fishers at Victory Field why he is considered one of the top running backs in the state.
The 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries. Stepp was explosive and strong, showing the ability to run through tackles and the speed to run away from defensive backs.
“He’s starting to figure it out,” Cathedral coach Rick Streiff said. “He’s still a pup but he does some pretty good things.”
Stepp was quick to point out the contributions of the offensive line, naming them one-by-one. I asked him what he feels is his best attribute at this early point in his high school football experience.
“I feel like my best attribute is that I can take it to the house from anywhere on the field,” he said.
In seven games this season – coming against very good competition – Stepp has rushed for 765 yards and 10 touchdowns. His recruiting is also beginning to take off. Stepp was offered by Indiana while taking an unofficial visit to Bloomington last month and has interest from Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue and Tennessee.
Stepp has been taking visits this fall, getting to Ohio State, Notre Dame and Indiana. He said he plans to get back to Notre Dame later in the season and will visit Tennessee on Saturday for its game vs. Georgia. Stepp said he’ll make the visit to Knoxville along with standout Cathedral sophomore offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor, who has offers from Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Tennessee and more.
When asked if any schools are standing out to him at this point, Stepp said he “likes Notre Dame a lot.”
“I’m hoping to get an offer from them,” he said. “Ohio State and IU, I like those schools. I just haven’t been to a lot of the others yet, so we’ll see.”