Crete-Monee football player Anthony Standifer made it official Sunday when the defensive back said he will play at the University of Mississippi.

A two-time Times All-Area selection, Standifer originally committed to Michigan, but decommitted in December. Notre Dame had shown interest in him, but Standifer said he was short the language requirement and told the Times "things just didn't work out."

Vanderbilt, Pittsburgh and Boise State were among the schools with interest in Standifer. He said it was tough going through the recruiting process again, but he is glad it is done.

"I just had to stay humble," Standifer said. "I am excited to play (at Ole Miss) and blessed. I feel as if a lot of weight has been lifted off my shoulders."

The Rebels were 2-10 last season and finished with a seven-game losing streak. The Rebels have a new coach in Hugh Freeze. Standifer said he liked the new coaching staff as well as playing in the Southeastern Conference, which has produced the last six BCS national champions.

"The program is coming back and I feel I will have a chance to make an impact right away," Standifer said. "The SEC is the best conference and a lot of guys go to the NFL. I think by playing against that competition you get a lot of exposure to the NFL scouts."

Standifer, ranked one of the top 50 defensive backs in the country by two scouting services, had 32 solo tackles, 11 assists and four interceptions as Crete-Monee finished 10-1 and had the program's first undefeated regular season since 1952.

In 2010, he led the state with nine interceptions.

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