"Mostly because I have some family that has gone to Central and are going to Central and they academically offer a great program that I'm interested in. It seemed to be a better fit."
The versatility Stanitzek brings and his ability to play on both sides of the ball is intriguing to the Chippewas. So much so that they are not specifying where they want him yet.
"They actually want to know my suggestion on which side of the ball I want to play. I don't have preference, but they said wherever I fit in first in camp, I'll play. I can try out at either position, tight end or defensive end."
Even when he was committed to their in-state and conference rivals, the Chippewas never gave up on Stanitzek and that went a long way in securing his commitment today.
"I've always kept in touch with CMU a lot. They had a full recruiting class but they offered me a greyshirt at first. They had a decommit and offered me a regular scholarship and I'm excited about that. I've gotten to know the coaches really well. Coach Nystrom showed me all the good things about CMU. Coach Enos, I love his philosophy and how he cares about his players and I'm excited to be part of the program."
Stanitzek was an All-State, All-Area and Grand Rapids Dream Team performer as a senior.