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4-star RB Markese Stepp commits to Notre Dame over likes of Michigan, Michigan State

June 19, 2016

Notre Dame added a couple football recruits to its 2017 class during its highly hyped Irish Invasion weekend.

Now the Irish are building upon the 2018 class.

Indianapolis Cathedral running back Markese Stepp announced his commitment to Notre Dame Sunday afternoon, a day after the Irish hosted more than 80 prospects, including seven ranked in the Rivals 100.

Stepp is a four-star prospect, according to 247Sports.

The 6-foot, 205-pounder is the second recruit in Notre Dame’s 2018 class, which was kicked off in a big way by the commitment of five-star dual-threat quarterback Phil Jurkovec of Gibsonia, Pa.

Stepp is the 12th-rated running back in the nation for 2018 and he’s ranked second overall in the state of Indiana for his class, per 247Sports.

Stepp had several offers, including from the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee and Wisconsin, according to his 247Sports profile.

Notre Dame offered Stepp back in February. Michigan had turned up the heat recently, offering him on May 14.

Stepp, who combines power and speed, rushed 1,295 yards and 17 touchdowns. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry during his sophomore season for Indianapolis Cathedral.

Notre Dame added two recruits to its 2017 class over the weekend.

On Friday, three-star defensive end Jonathon MacCollister of Orlando Bishop Moore Catholic committed to the Irish. On Saturday, three-star athlete Jordan Pouncey of Winter Park, Fla., announced his pledge.

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