June 3, 2008

Jordan Stepp talks CMU

Mt. Pleasant. MI-On Saturday, April 26th, defensive tackle Jordan Stepp from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana visited CMU. Standing at 6'0" and weighing 285 pounds, Jordan Stepp is an athlete who has received significant national media attention after participating in the 2008 Army Junior Combine.

Jordan plays both offensive guard and defensive tackle for Ben Davis, but will almost certainly play defense at the next level. Stepp is an impressive defensive tackle who is an excellent first step, an explosive burst, and shows the ability to disengage from blockers very easily. Stepp would be a very welcome addition to the Chippewa defense.

After meeting the staff and taking a tour of the campus and football facilities, ChippewaCountry.com caught up with Jordan to ask him a few questions.

ChippewaCountry: Did you have any expectations for CMU prior to your visit?

Jordan Stepp: I honestly did not know to expect. All I knew was that my former high school teammate, Lavarus Williams, said it was real cool up here.

CC: How did you become interested in CMU?

JS: I met Coach Elder when he began recruiting Lavarus, and we have kept in touch since then. Me and Lavarus were both starting for Ben Davis as freshmen and sophomores (respectively), so we are good friends and still talk a lot.

CC: How did your tour of the campus go?
JS: Honestly, it was a lot bigger than I thought. I can tell that CMU is expanding because of all the buildings that were under construction. It is obvious that CMU is going to be a more nationally recognized school pretty soon.

CC: How do you see yourself fitting in with the campus and the program?

JS: I see myself fitting in with the campus real well. Everything is nice and snug up here and I like the family atmosphere.

CC: What other schools have you visited or are you interested in?
JS: Over Spring Break I visited Minnesota, Iowa, and Northern Illinois. I was also offered by Ball State.

CC: How big of an experience was the Army Junior Combine and what do you think you were able to get out of it?

JS: I thought it was a great experience. I tested out highest in the nation on the bench press with 41 reps of 185 pounds. It was great to compare myself against some of the nation's top talent, such as Jakobbi McDaniel. Going into it, all I kept hearing was all the talent outside the Midwest, like Florida and Texas. I won every defensive drill I participated in, so I think I did okay. (laughs)

CC: What are some of your goals for your senior season at Ben Davis?

JS: I want to be considered a high-motor guy, explosive, and one of the best defensive tackles in the history of the state of Indiana.

CC: What do you bring to the table to add to the championship culture that is already here?

JS:: I feel like I will fit right in here. I'm used to playing in a place of tradition, and I'm used to having high expectations to live up to. CMU has won the MAC the last two years and played in some big bowl games, and I look forward to that kind of stuff.

ChippewaCountry.com will continue to bring you the latest on Jordan Stepp's recruiting.

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