"We want Dallas Gant." - Markese Stepp

April 21, 2017
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Notre Dame fans know 2018 running back Markese Stepp well at this stage of the recruiting cycle. The 6-foot, 220-pounder takes care of his job on the field, but he also takes care of business off the field.

The four-star prospect is a relentless recruiter and is a large part responsible for Notre Dame’s hot start to the recruiting class. The coaching staff has done a great job, but it has been Stepp’s relationships with almost every prospect with a Notre Dame offer that has paid off behind the scenes.

The Indianapolis native returns to South Bend this weekend with one goal on his mind. 

“We want Dallas Gant,” Stepp told Irish Sports Daily. “Everyone’s eyes are set on him. We are going to put the full-court press on to get him.”

Gant, a four-star linebacker from Ohio, will announce his college decision on May 16th, but Stepp hopes to make that decision easy for him after this weekend. 

“I actually don’t really know,” Stepp said of what his pitch will be. “That is something that happens when we are there. I can’t think of anything right now, but once we are there, we will know the right things to do and say. We just want to help make him pull the trigger in May.”

Stepp and the other 2018 commits know what a commitment from Gant would mean for the class, but also the future of Notre Dame. 

“Oh my Lord, if we get Dallas, our class would be great,” stated Stepp. “It would be unreal. He fits in so perfectly with what we are trying to do at Notre Dame. He fits in with our class.”

Another top target for Stepp will be 2018 Oregon four-star receiver, Chase Cota. Despite fellow 2018 receiver commit and Oregon native Braden Lenzy counting Cota as a good friend, Stepp has made sure to get in contact with Cota before this weekend’s visit.

“I was messaging with him Wednesday night,” said Stepp. “I was like ‘Boy, we are about to be all over you.’ We are trying to bring that Oregon swagger out to Notre Dame.”

Stepp’s recent efforts haven’t only been on prospects that will be in town for the Blue-Gold Game. 

“I have been talking with Tyreke Smith, Amon-Ra St. Brown, and Houston Griffith,” he explained. “I let Kalon (Gervin) and Derrik (Allen) take over with the defensive backs. I don’t know much about DB. I guess there are some DBs coming up this weekend.

 “I think we could flip Nasir Peoples from Virginia Tech. I haven’t really talked to him, but I am going to this weekend.”

Stepp has received recent offers from UCLA and USC, but he is solid to Notre Dame, and the staff has made sure to keep him updated on the latest with the latest recruiting efforts.

“They know I am 100 percent with Notre Dame,” said Stepp. “Our conversations are about recruiting, and every time they offer someone new, they are hitting me up. I guess I am the go to guy for that stuff.” 

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