Evaluating the ‘Cuse Targets in Phoenix

Ask any Syracuse football fan about one of the biggest needs on the team, and defensive back is sure to be uttered sooner than later. Two potential prospects, both with offers from SU, showcased their secondary talent at the Semper Fi Bowl in Phoenix.

One cornerback was constantly complimented by the coaching staff, the other made impact plays in the game.

Both performed very well in Arizona. Both for the West team, who won the inaugural game 17-14.

Syracuse University, as well as several other programs across the country, has offered both Wayne Morgan and Anthony Standifer a scholarship – and both are considering the Orange.

Morgan - who is down to SU, Connecticut and Rutgers – will announce on National Signing Day.

Standifer is also not close to a decision – and he is just as far from a conclusion to narrow down his list of schools that have offered. He has scheduled just one of his five official visits, a January 27 trip to Boise State.

Both are friends, and both spoke to CuseNation.com after participating in the inaugural Semper Fi All-American Bowl.

"It was a great experience for me," Morgan said after the game. "Going up against the top guys in the nation – I had a fun time…

"We were just going back and forth, talking trash to each other."

Morgan backed the talk up in the game, not allowing a single ball to be caught against him in man coverage. His top play was on a jump ball against Jaquay Williams, who stands 6-foot-4, in which Morgan actually got higher in the air before recording the pass breakup. Morgan also stifled Nebraska-bound WR Jordan Westerkamp at the line on multiple occasions, something he did in practice throughout the week. He also showed the ability to disguise coverage just before the snap without jeopardizing his responsibility.

Standifer was just as good with the ball in the air, not allowing a wideout to haul a pass in against him as well. Though not as aggressive as Morgan on the jam, the taller Standifer still utilizes a solid quick-jam technique that coaches raved about during the week. In the game, the three-star prospect also flashed his fundamental tackling on future Virginia tailback Kye Morgan – wrapping up with both hands (a lost art in today's prep game).

"It was a great experience, for this being my last high school game," Standifer said.

Morgan and Standifer both helped their preparation for college by playing at the Semper Fi Bowl, though we may not know where either is headed until February 1.

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