An Interview With Anthony Standifer

Submitted by Ace on August 31st, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Anthony Standifer (right) goes in for a tackle [photo credit: Debra Edwards | The Commercial-News]

2012 defensive back commit Anthony Standifer is regarded as one of the hidden gems of Brady Hoke's current recruiting class. The Crete-Monee (IL) product is coming off an eight-tackle performance in the Warriors's 32-8 season-opening victory over Thornton Fractional South. Standifer leads a talented team that includes highly touted junior receiver Laquon Treadwell, and as he says in the following interview, he hopes to take home a state title for the Warriors after they bowed out in the third round of the playoffs last season. Here's what Anthony had to say about his goals, recruitment, and his teammate Treadwell when I caught up with him:

ACE: What have you been doing to prepare for this season? Anything different from past years now that you're a senior and you know you'll be playing in college?

ANTHONY: I've been watching game film, working out with the team and on my own, and I've been studying the other team more.

ACE: You went from being an under-the-radar recruit to choosing between Michigan and Notre Dame pretty quickly. What was that experience like for you?

ANTHONY: It was a good experience. Sometimes I liked the attention, some of the time I didn't, but i just took it day by day and made the best decision.

ACE: Your teammate Laquon Treadwell is getting a lot of attention, including from Michigan, for the class of 2013. How has he looked this fall, and have you been trying to recruit him to Ann Arbor at all? Are there any other players you've been in contact with?

ANTHONY: He has been doing real good. He keeps progressing and he knows just as much as I do about Michigan, and I'm not pressuring him to make a decision.

ACE: What are your goals for your senior season, both for yourself and for Crete-Monee?

ANTHONY: Win [the state championship], and get more interceptions and tackles than I did last year [44 tackles and nine interceptions].

Thanks to Anthony for taking the time to answer my questions. You can follow him on Twitter, username Freakyy_Chewyy (your guess is as good as mine on that one).



August 31st, 2011 at 5:48 PM ^

9 picks will be tough to beat, especially now that his opponents know about him.

We had a guy on our HS team who had 6 picks as a junior, after being a no-name guy the year before.  The next year, our opponents all knew about him and his opportunities for picks went down drastically.  If Standifer can get 7 or 8 picks this year, it will be more impressive than his 9 last year, IMO. 


August 31st, 2011 at 5:55 PM ^

Agree 100%. The top stat people need to look at is [whatever the accurate name for] Yards per Thrown At.

In case this isn't clear, what I mean is if Standifer is thrown at 7 times in a game, and his receiver has 2 catches for 21 yards, then I would consider this category 3 yards per thrown at.


August 31st, 2011 at 6:18 PM ^

He mentioned when I asked him what his stats were last weekend that the other team didn't throw in his direction. Since he was an under-the-radar guy last year, I'd expect his opportunities to make big plays will go down - if he can even get up to four or five interceptions, I'd think that would be a good year considering other teams appear to be avoiding him like the plague.


September 1st, 2011 at 8:23 AM ^

I like that he said he didn't always like all the attention and that he isn't pressuring Treadwell into committing to us, even though I'd love to have him on board too.  I also like his concise answers.  He seems like a bright kid that's all business.  I can't wait to see him on the field.