"I can't believe that it has happened like this," Standifer said regarding his recruitment. "I am really shocked because it really came out of nowhere. I am just trying to take it day by day and enjoy everything that is coming my way."
Before all of this attention Standifer was just hoping a scholarship for one school to step forward with an opportunity. Going from that extreme to having to sort through nearly twenty offers has been quite an adjustment.
"I am happy with this opportunity," he stated. "How am I going to make a decision on where I will go to school? Hopefully by the summer I can cut my list down."
One of the schools almost certain to make the cut is Michigan. Brady Hoke's program was the first BCS conference team to extend the talented youngster a scholarship. He plans to take a closer look at what the Wolverines have to offer later this week.
"I will be visiting Michigan on Wednesday to take a look at what they have up there," reported Standifer. "I like the coaching staff, especially Coach Mattison and Coach Montgomery. Coach Mattison has talked to me about playing corner, and he also believes I can play safety. I really like Coach Montgomery too. I have a really good vibe with him."
Unlike many other out-of-state prospects, Standifer heads into his Michigan visit with a built-in appreciation for the contributions of a few Wolverine greats.
As positive as that is for the Maize & Blue, it will take much more than childhood fandom to convince Standifer that Ann Arbor is the place he should spend his collegiate future.
"The community that I live in, the coaching staff, my position coach, education, and playing early are the things that I am looking for most in a college," he explained. "The coaching staff, I want them to teach me more about the game and stay on me about getting my degree. My position coach, it is important to me that we have a close relationship where we can talk about anything."
The Illinois cornerback has a 2.7 cumulative GPA and has scored a 22 on the ACT, which already makes him qualified to play college football. But as is the case with his performance on the field, he doesn't plan to rest on his laurels.
"I am working hard to get even better academically and athletically," said Standifer. "When I attend college I will be majoring in Sports Marketing or Sports administration."
Stay tuned for part two of this feature for insight from Standifer's mom on his recruitment and Michigan's place in it.