One of the reasons that Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw took home their first city championship was the Cougars were strong at two of the toughest positions be good at on any level – defensive tackle and cornerback.
Everybody was aware of one of Crenshaw's corners, Cal bound Darian Hagan and with their two defensive tackles San Jose State bound Adonis Davis and UCLA pledge senior to be Brian Price now let us introduce you to the other corner Steve Stepter (5-9, 177, 4.5).
On a team with many highly publicized stars it isn't always easy to get honors. The politics of spreading out the wealth to other kids and schools sometimes comes into play.
With that understanding it was impressive that Stepter was an all-league selection after racking up 70 tackles and four interceptions for a championship team.
Earlier in the year former Crenshaw offensive coordinator Eric Scott told Rivals.com that Stepter was key to Crenshaw's success in 2005.
The scouting report on Stepter is he's a great man-to-man coverage guy who you can leave out on an island. He is also excellent in run support and isn't afraid to come up and make a hit.
"Steve is a very determined football player," Crenshaw defensive coordinator Dan Robinson said. "For instance in the championship game against Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft he hurt his hamstring on the second play of the game. He shook it off and played well the whole game."
"Steve is our best cover guy and he's an outstanding return man," Robinson said. "Against Colton he returned a kickoff over 90 yards for a touchdown."
"Unfortunately Steve's return was called back because of a clip, but the clip had nothing to do with the outcome," Robinson said. "He was long gone when the penalty occurred."
"Steve is an excellent young man on and off the field," Robinson said. "He carries a 3.0 GPA."
So far this spring USC, UCLA, Washington and Nevada have been by the school taking a look at Stepter.
Oregon, Oregon State, Washington State, LSU, Nebraska and Tennessee have been writing him.
What is Stepter looking for in a school?
"I want to go to a school where I am comfortable," Stepter said. "I mean that's where I'm going to be for at least four years."
"I am also looking for a program where the coaches are close to their players," Stepter said. "And of course receive a good education.