Posted by Bryan Fischer
Most recruiting experts predict that Michigan will be the school who will take advantage of the troubles at Ohio State the most. While it's too early to see if that's the case, the Wolverines continued their momentum they've had since head coach Brady Hoke was hired as Crete (Ill.) cornerback Anthony Standifer pledged to the school Wednesday afternoon after taking an unofficial visit there.
"I had went down there today and was overwhelmed… so I committed," Standifer told TheWolverine.com. "I liked the whole coaching staff, and especially Coach (Greg) Mattison who came from the Baltimore Ravens. It feels like I have another family."
The 6-foot-1, 180 pound corner is yet another defensive player in the next recruiting class for Michigan. He also held offers from Cincinnati, Iowa, Notre Dame and Syracuse among others. All it took to get his commitment was a first class visit to Ann Arbor that allowed him to connect to the coaching staff better.
"I learned more about the coaches and finally met the head coach," he said. "It was good to meet them instead of them just talking to me on the phone."
Notre Dame had been a strong contended for Standifer's services and he was supposed to visit there shortly after returning from Michigan. He can play both safety and corner at the next level but will likely stay at his native corner position.
Standifier becomes the 14th commitment for Michigan's class of 2012, third defensive back and 10th on the defensive side of the ball. He had 44 tackles, nine interceptions and a forced fumble last season as a junior.