Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 CB Chris Steele Grateful for Notre Dame Offer

July 5, 2017

2019 St. John Bosco (Calif.) cornerback Chris Steele holds close to 30 offers and added one from Notre Dame over the weekend. Area recruiter Brian Polian offered the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder and made sure to mention the Irish thought very highly of him.

“One of my coaches told me to giveCoach Polian a call,” Steele told Irish Sports Daily. “Coach Polian had said the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach sat down and watched my film the night before. They felt I was one of the better defensive backs they had seen throughout the process and then he said they wanted to offer me a scholarship.”

Steele committed to UCLA in January, but the Notre Dame offer is one he will give some thought.

“It was a big offer,” stated Steele. “If I decided to go to Notre Dame, I know I could get the best of both worlds on and off the field. I could compete for a national championship and get a good degree.”

The Bruins landed the four-star prospect due to building a strong rapport early.  

“My relationship with the whole coaching staff is tight,” explained Steele. “I am very close with coach (Demetrice) Martin and head coach (Jim) Mora. I have built a great relationship with Coach Mora.

“It’s more than football. I can talk with them about anything. The relationship with the whole coaching staff was a big part of my decision.”  

With that said, Steele also holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, USC, and Vanderbilt, so he is making sure to do his due diligence.

“I’m open to going anywhere,” Steele said. “I am open to going out of state. I want to go wherever I have the best chance athletically and academically.”

Steele has dealt with the early attention well and is grateful for the big-time offers.

“It’s a blessing,” said Steele. “My recruitment kind of blew up this past offseason. I still have a lot of work to do. A lot of people wish they could be in this position, so it’s just great to be in it.”

When it comes to his play on the field, Steele believes he is a different cornerback from his peers as he loves to hit.

“My strength would have to be my physicality,” said Steele. “I know a lot of cornerbacks that don’t really hit people. I am different because I like hitting people and getting in players faces. If a running back comes up, I will deliver a hit on him too.

“I need to work on getting in and out of my breaks. I get in and out of them fast, but football is a game of inches. Anything I can do to get them faster is going to improve my game and make some more plays on the ball.” 

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