February 26, 2012

Standifer knows where he's going

Anthony Standifer is pretty sure he knows where he's playing college football next fall.

Fans of the three schools still in the mix, however, will have to wait another week to learn the Crete (Crete Monee), Ill., cornerback's choice.

The 6-foot-1, 178-pounder, ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 14 prospect in Illinois and the No. 45 cornerback prospect nationally, visited Ole Miss this weekend. The Rebels, Vanderbilt and Pittsburgh are his finalists. Standifer has already visited the Commodores and Panthers.

"The visit went real good," Standifer said. "I enjoyed the facilities, the coaching staff. The campus life is real nice and I fit in with the players real well. The academic center is really nice. The weather was real nice. I enjoyed everything."

Standifer, who has 18 scholarship offers, said he didn't know much about Ole Miss going into his trip.

"I knew about Eli Manning and Patrick Willis going there," Standifer said. "That was about it - those guys and Michael Oher. I knew Coach (Hugh) Freeze was the head coach. But I learned a lot more about Ole Miss. It surprised me in a real positive way."

Standifer said Sunday he has "a feel for where I want to go. I will probably know where I want to go by tomorrow or Tuesday. I'm not letting anybody know until Sunday (at a planned family party to celebrate his choice)."

Standifer said the disparity of size between Oxford and Nashville and/or Pittsburgh won't be a factor in his decision. Neither, Standifer said, will distance from home.

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