One of the top uncommitted prospects in the country in the 2019 class is CB Chris Steele of Bellflower, CA. The former Southern Cal commitment plans to sign December 19th and will enroll early, but he won’t announce his decision until January 5th at the Army All-American Game. Though he’s staying open for all comers, there is a small group of frontrunners and USC is in it.
Steele too his official visit to USC in June, the week before he visited Southern Cal. He committed to the Trojans in July but Gamecock head coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson continued to recruit him.
“To be honest, they never really left. They were still one of the schools that kept recruiting me all the way thru,” Steele said “I’ve been in contact with Coach Muschamp and Coach T-Rob quite a bit. They feel I can come in and have a huge impact on the program. They’re not too deep at my position so they could really use me, and if there’s any interest on my part, they definitely still want me to play for them.”
Steele has also taken official visits to Oklahoma, LSU and Florida. But he said Tuesday night the schools he’s most serious with are USC, Oklahoma, Florida, Georgia, Southern Cal, UCLA and Oregon. He has an idea bout what will separate one from the rest.
“Just finding a place where I’m going to be developed into the player I want to be, a school that’s going to get me ready to play at the next level,” Steele said. “Somewhere where I’m going to get coached and developed into a better young man and a better player.”
Muschamp and Robinson aren’t alone in working on Steele for the Gamecocks. Quarterback commitment Ryan Hilinski is a good friend and is doing all he can to convince him to come east with him.
“No doubt. I was just with Ryan last Thursday,” Steele said. “He always lets me know how much he wants me to play with him. Me and Ryan have a real good relationship.”
Hilinski, by the way, will be signing his financial aid papers with the Gamecocks Wednesday afternoon.
Steele’s team, St. John Bosco, is 12-0 ranked #1 in the national high school polls. According to stats on MaxPreps, this season Steele has 27 tackles with 1 interception and 10 passes defended.