Garrett Steele put up impressive numbers last season but still hasn't picked up any offers so the Kingsburg, Calif., two-star prospect is hoping for a big start to his senior season so he can figure out his recruitment a little more.
Steele, a 6-foot, 190-pound running back/defensive back, finished with 1,006 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns last season and he caught 28 passes for 429 yards and eight scores. On defense, he had 42 tackles.
"I'll be starting both ways and I should be punting and kicking field goals," Steele said. "Our league is pretty small so a lot of kids have to go both ways.
"I was hoping to get (an offer) but now it's helping me think I have to show out and bust my butt and work harder. Show them that I can rush for 200 yards in a game and hopefully pick up some offers."
Steele had a busy summer with stops at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp, the Schuman Underclassmen Combine and camps at San Jose State, Cal Poly, UCLA, Utah and Arizona. For the most part, Steele worked out both ways at camps to give coaches a taste of what he can do.
"I did one-on-ones with the running backs," Steele said. "When they'd do the defensive back stuff, they'd have the safeties play corner so I'd be a running back for the one-on-ones and I'd do 7-on-7 with the defensive backs so I was pretty much split up half and half."
Coaches from Cal Poly said they will watch Steele early in the season and so at this point it's the leader for him but he's still hoping to have lots of options after showing what he can do in the first few games.
"I don't have any offers right now but Cal Poly will be at our first game," Steele said. "I'm hoping that will work out and I can get my first offer.
"They're the leader but there are a lot of schools that want to see my senior tape. I'm kind of on the borderline. They don't know if they want me at running back or safety so they're trying to stay back and see what I can do this year."