Standifer has stumbling block with Irish

January, 24, 2012
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Crete-Monee senior cornerback Anthony Standifer said Tuesday he will likely commit to Notre Dame Fighting Irish if the school allows him to complete an academic requirement online.

Standifer said he’s lacking sufficient Spanish credits to be admitted into Notre Dame. He said Notre Dame’s coaches were looking into whether he could take a Spanish course online to fulfill the credits.

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Scott Powers/ESPNChicago.comCrete-Monee's Anthony Standifer is ranked 38th among Class of 2012 cornerbacks by ESPN.
“They’re trying to see if I can take an online class,” said Standifer, who is 6-1 and 180 pounds. “That’s pretty much it. It would be hard to decide, but most likely I would commit there. I liked the facilities, the city, the coaches, the players, the food, pretty much everything.”

Standifer was previously committed to Michigan Wolverines, but backed out of it in December for an undisclosed reason. He’s the 38th-ranked Class of 2012 cornerback in the country, according to ESPN.

Aside from Notre Dame, he’s also looking at Boise State Broncos, Illinois Fighting Illini and Pittsburgh Panthers. He recently visited Notre Dame and planned to visit either Boise State or Pittsburgh this weekend. Illinois hasn’t officially offered him, but he said its coaching staff has been actively recruiting him.

“I might sign on signing day or I might not,” Standifer said. “It’s basically coming down to whether I get my visits in. I’m starting to get an overall feel.”

Standifer is looking forward to ending his recruitment. It hasn’t exactly been all fun and games.

“It’s been stressful at times,” he said. “I’m trying to get it over with. I can’t wait to get it over with. I can then plan everything and get going with my future.”
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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