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Standifer down to a final three

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Crete-Monee (Ill.) three-star cornerback Anthony Standifer has found no shortage of suitors since he parted ways with Michigan last month after being committed to the Wolverines since the spring. With Signing Day approaching, though, Standifer has narrowed his focus to three schools.
Standifer is headed to Notre Dame this weekend for his first official visit of the process. He also has an official visit set with Boise State for the weekend of Jan. 27 and is trying to work in a visit to Pittsburgh sometime next week.
"It's just those three," Standifer said. "I was going to visit Pittsburgh after National Signing Day, but now I want to sign on National Signing Day to get it over with. So, I am trying to go to Pittsburgh next week during the week."
Pittsburgh is a recent addition to Standifer's offer list. He had a previous relationship with Panthers assistant coach Eddie Faulkner when the staffer was at Northern Illinois, and Faulkner started recruiting Standifer when he arrived at Pitt.
Boise State has been recruiting Standifer throughout his process, and was in Crete yesterday to meet with the 6-1, 178-pound prospect.
"The coach actually came to my house yesterday, so basically I have most of my questions answered," Standifer said. "Now I just have to see it for myself. I really want to see the blue field and how Idaho is."
The official visit to Notre Dame has been set up for several weeks now, and Standifer is ready to see South Bend.
"I am real excited because I have never been there before," Standifer said. "I want to check out everything and meet some of the players. Tee Shepard was down at the All-American game with me and is actually already enrolled there. I'll be able to see him and see what he thinks of it so far.
Standifer held an offer from Notre Dame even before he made his original commitment to Michigan. He is being recruited by Irish assistant coach Chuck Martin and is looking forward to finding out more about their plans for him.
"When I was first getting recruited by them, he really liked my game and my ball skills," Standifer said. "I basically will find the rest out about what they think of me and opportunity when I go down there."
With his decision now slated for National Signing Day, Standifer's decision now hinges on these final three official visits.
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