During several portions of the past year, Crete-Monee (Ill.) cornerback Anthony Standifer thought he knew exactly where he would be playing out his college career. National Signing Day came and went this past Wednesday, however, without the three-star prospect putting his signature on a letter of intent.
The 6-1, 178-pound Standifer does still plan to sign with a college program during the signing period, which lasts until April 1, but first he has more official visits to take.
Standifer took his first official visit to Notre Dame the weekend of Jan. 20, but the Irish are no longer an option. An official visit to Boise State took place the weekend of Jan. 27, and trips to Pitt and Vanderbilt are upcoming.
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"I go to Pitt this weekend and on the 17th to Vanderbilt," Standifer said. "I'm still feeling good about Boise State. I just want to take my time, make my decision and not rush."
Vanderbilt is the newest addition to Standifer's interest list. The Commodores came into his recruitment only recently, but have piqued his interest.
"They came through a week or two ago when they had a spot open up," Standifer explained. "Coach [Bob] Shoop, the defensive coordinator, we have been talking ever since. We usually talk every day or every other day and they are trying to get to know me because it is so late in the recruiting process.
"I know Vanderbilt is in the SEC and they have had some great players come from there - D.J. Moore, Earl Bennett and Jay Cutler. Those are just a few from the [Chicago] Bears that I know. There's probably many more great ones out there. Last year I know was their first year as a staff and they did better than they were projected to do."
Pitt has been part of Standifer's recruitment for a longer stretch of time, but he is still in the feeling out stage with the Panther's coaching staff.
"My focus on the Pitt visit is I have not met the DB coach yet, so I want to see what he is like," Standifer said. "I want to see everything basically, and compare it to Boise State."
Standifer was clear that he would not take much time following his official visit to Vanderbilt, and would make a decision on where he will sign the week following that trip.