Football: Anthony Standifer chooses Mississippi
Updated: March 19, 2012 3:45PM
Anthony Standifer is no longer the last man standing.
Standifer, a Crete-Monee senior, is ranked 45th nationally among cornerbacks by Rivals.com in the Class of 2012. He was the last major prospect in the Midwest, let alone Illinois, to make a college choice when he announced on Sunday that he's planning to play at Mississippi.
"I went down there and from the beginning it felt like home," Standifer said at a recruiting seminar in Oak Brook. "I fit in with everybody, the coaching staff, the community.
"It's not a very big campus. Basically, everyone is going to know you and you're going to feel safe and comfortable."
It was a long and sometimes difficult process for Standifer, a 6-1, 178-pounder who originally committed to Michigan before reopening his recruiting.
"It's a lot of pressure off my shoulders," he said. "It's stressful. It wasn't easy, but it was worth it in the end."
Standifer's final three also included Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt. In the end, Ole Miss' Southeastern Conference membership and the chance to start fresh with first-year coach Hugh Freeze and his staff proved too much to pass up.
"They're basically rebuilding," he said. "They don't have much depth."
Standifer had 32 solo tackles, 11 assists and four interceptions for the 10-1 Warriors last season after picking off nine passes as a junior. He was slowed by a shoulder injury late last season, but said he's been given the go-ahead to return to full activity.