The Pitt football program has made a serious effort to extend their recruiting map into two new states this recruiting season: Texas and California. Like with Florida, those two states have an abundance of talent and Pat Narduzzi and his staff are looking to take advantage of that.
One of the many players in the Lone Star state that Brennan Marion has extended an offer to is 2022 3-star wide receiver Zion Steptoe from Memorial High School in Frisco, Texas.
Steptoe (6-foot, 170 ponds) holds 20-plus offers and Power Five offers from Pitt, Kansas, Kentucky, Purdue, Utah and Vanderbilt.
Pittsburgh Sports Now spoke recently with Steptoe, who said that he’s been impressed enough with Pitt that he plans on making a visit to Pittsburgh in the next couple of months.
“Pitt offered me probably about two weeks ago and when Coach Marion gave me the news, I was ecstatic. My family and I were very hyped,” said Steptoe. “Coach said that he really liked my game and that I was a smart player”
”One of the things he asked on the call was how would I feel about potentially moving all the way to Pittsburgh, considering I’m from Texas,” Steptoe said. “I told him I’d have no problem at all. My brother, Sherman II, is a freshman cornerback at Georgetown and my father, actually just started business in Pittsburgh and that literally started when I got the offer. So it’s perfect timing as he’ll be in Pittsburgh a lot.”
Zion’s father, Sherman, has something in common with Brennan Marion, as both played college football at Tulsa. Speaking of Marion, Steptoe gave his initial impression of his chief recruiter to Pitt.
”Coach Marion is a down to earth, chill coach,” said Steptoe. “He doesn’t text a lot, he sends a lot of voice memos, which allows you to really hear the passion in his voice.”
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Last season at Memorial High School, Steptoe collected 792 yards, 8 touchdowns and averaged 21.4 yards per catch in 7 games. Like a majority of the receivers Marion is recruiting, Steptoe has speed, having been clocked at 4.41 in the 40-yard dash.
“I’d say I’m a tactical player with a burst,” he said. “I know that when I have to get there, I’ll get there.”
Steptoe told PSN that he’s hearing a lot from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU, Utah, Vanderbilt and Yale. The talented Texas wideout said that he plans on visiting Pitt the weekend of June 19.