The Trojans lost one of the program's all-time leading rushers, Ronald Jones II, to the NFL draft this season. Clay Helton and company took no time in adding more depth to an already stacked running back crew when they added four-star running back Markese Stepp.
Stepp is from Indianapolis, Indiana and attended Cathedral High School. Stepp was one of the highest rated running backs in the country being rated as the 14th best running back recruit by 247sports. Stepp was also ranked 306th overall in the country by the same recruiting website.
Stepp had a successful senior year for Cathedral. Stepp ran for 975 yards and tallied up 17 touchdowns. Through his 10 game season, Stepp averaged 97.5 rushing yards per game.
Stepp will come into the USC system most likely being redshirted right out of the gate. USC is still loaded at the running back position even with the departure of Jones II. Stephen Carr will be the leading rusher for this team come next season and Vavae Malapeai will be right behind Carr to really create a deadly 1-2 punch for the USC backfield. Don't expect to see much of Stepp this next season, but look for Stepp to play a role later on his career at USC.