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Wisconsin football recruiting: Badgers offer 2018 RB Markese Stepp

The Badgers offer a four-star stud in the backfield.

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It remains to be seen if the Wisconsin Badgers will land a running back in the class of 2017 with the transfer of Chris James from Pitt, but the coaching staff has started early for the more distant future as they offered Indianapolis, Ind. (Cathedral) prospect Markese Stepp on Friday. Stepp announced the offer via Twitter.

Rated a four-star recruit by and 247Sports, the 6'0, 205-pound running back has been offered by some impressive programs, including Michigan State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Tennessee. Last season as a sophomore, Stepp ran for 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns while averaging 8.4 yards per carry.

It appears he has a friendship with class of 2016 Wisconsin commit Noah Burks, as immediately after announcing UW's offer, Burks took to social media with a slight nudge in a particular direction.

Read more about Stepp's reaction to the offer, his friendship with Burks and his summer plans in Friday's article from ($)

[Update, 12:56 p.m. CT: Corrected stats from Stepp's sophomore season, as MaxPreps' statistics were incorrect]