Crane Interested in Iowa

Iowa recently jumped into the recruitment of Texas WR Conner Crane. Hawkeye Insider caught up with the much-sought after '12 product to see where the Big Ten school sits with him and get the latest on his process.

Conner Crane must have passed the eyeball test. Shortly after Iowa Wide Receivers Coach Erik Campbell watched the Texas product work out last week, the Hawkeyes offered.

"I hadn't really even heard from them at all to that point," the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder from Guyer High in Texas said. "I saw them there at a spring practice early last week. Then Coach Campbell called later in the week and said he liked what he saw and they were offering. I was pretty excited."

Crane is just getting to know Iowa. He likes what he sees and hears so far.

"Coach Campbell gave me an overview of the school and his background," the Class of 2012 product said. "He told me he coached guys like Braylon Edwards, Steve Breaston and Mario Manningham at Michigan and other big time NFL receivers like that. He told me he'd like me to come up for a visit sometime during the year."

Crane is scheduled for a visit to Northwestern next week. He's set to camp at Stanford and he'll visit California while up there later in the month. He has been offered scholarships by 17 schools, including Arizona, Boise State, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Oregon and Purdue, to name a few.

"I don't know yet," Crane said about visiting Iowa. "They're definitely one of my top eight or nine schools. I'm going to see some schools closer to home this summer and evaluate things from there. Then, I'll probably take some official visits during the season. Iowa definitely could be one of those."

Crane said he already has formed bonds with the schools that offered earlier than Iowa. But he said the Hawkeyes were in the mix.

"I'd say I'm starting to narrow things down to a point," Crane said. "I'm definitely interested in Iowa because of who they are, always there at the top of the Big Ten. I'm not going to be able to wait on some of these schools, but I'm still open to them. But if schools are coming in during July and August, it might be hard because I've already built relationships with schools."

Rice is the only school from his home state to have offered a scholarship.

Crane feels like he comfortably can play at 215-220 pounds in college and still keep his self-reported 4.55-second, 40-yard dash time. He likes what he sees from Iowa's offense.

"I'm a guy that can get out and block," he said. "I do real well coming off the play-action pass. I'm not a little, shifty guy who is going to run quick stuff. I'm a vertical receiver that can stretch the field off of play action and get the deep ball."

Crane stands out in the classroom as well. He holds offers from Columbia and Dartmouth.

"Academics are huge for me," he said. "I'm planning on going the doctor route, so I want to go somewhere where they can prepare me for med school. That's why I like Northwestern and Stanford, even though Stanford hasn't offered yet."

Originally, Crane hoped to make his college choice before the season. That scheduled appears to have changed.

"I'm going to take my time and take some officials," he said. "I really have no set decision time. It will happen when it happens."

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