RECRUITING

Florida prep WR Kevin Stepherson has Notre Dame among favorites

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Kevin Stepherson hasn't visited, but he already loves Notre Dame.

Stepherson -- a 6-foot, 180-pound wide receiver from Jacksonville, Fla. -- caught 33 passes for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns at First Coast High School last season. Listed as the No. 86 prospect in the state of Florida by Rivals in the 2016 class, Stepherson has racked up scholarship offers from LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, South Florida, Wake Forest, West Virginia, and most recently, Notre Dame.

“Coach [Brian] VanGorder first contacted me probably a month and a half ago, just telling me all this stuff about Notre Dame," Stepherson told Notre Dame Insider Thursday. "I asked him Wednesday if I had an offer. He told me that he got with the coordinators and they decided to offer me.”

Stepherson has yet to plan any visits, but said Notre Dame is the first campus he'd like to see. And despite the considerable distance from home, the Rivals three-star wide receiver said the Irish are definitely in the mix for his services.

"Everybody knows Notre Dame’s academic programs and their football team. They have a great reputation here in Florida,” Stepherson said. “Me and my family really love Notre Dame. It’s really between probably three schools right now: LSU, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.”

As for the degree to which Stepherson might be able to contribute in South Bend, the speedy wideout said all he needs is an opportunity.

“I just try to make plays whenever I touch the ball," Stepherson said. "Whenever you need me, I just try to show up."

Logos are shown on the helmet of players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Purdue in Indianapolis, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)