Crane Fits In At Northwestern

Conner Crane made the trek up north to Chicago feeling unsure what to expect at his three-day visit to Northwestern. After a busy visit, Crane left with a great feeling about the Wildcats and a new favorite.

"It was pretty close to a ten—as close as you can get," Conner Crane said. "It was amazing, I loved it. Coming into it, I didn't know what to expect. When you say Northwestern down in Texas, not many people know about it. Going in there, everybody thinks it's a special place. I had a really good time."

In his college search, Crane is hoping to find a school that values academics like he does, so Northwestern made him feel at home.

"The thing that I really like about Northwestern is that I feel like I fit in," Crane said. "I'm really high on academics and I feel like they really emphasize academics."

Crane (6-4, 185) arrived in Chicago on Wednesday evening, and had a busy itinerary after that. His visit started with a one-on-one with NU head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

"It was really good," Crane said. "We kind of talked about everything, then went through his player development program, which was really good to see."

On Thursday, Crane's day was crammed with tours and meetings. First up, he explored the Wildcats' football facilities. After that, he met with academic advisors and explored Northwestern's campus. Following a lunch break, Crane joined Matt MacPherson on a tour of Chicago. After film session with NU wide receivers coach Dennis Springer, Crane joined Northwestern quarterback Dan Persa and a few offensive linemen for dinner.

For Crane, spending some time with the players was a great experience.

"It was really cool to see what the guys on the team are like," he said. "They're really cool. If I was hanging out here, I'd definitely hang out with them. They made me feel welcome. I had a good time."

On Friday, Crane joined a number of other recruits for Northwestern's one-day camp. Though he already holds an offer, the three-star wide receiver still showcased his skills in front of the coaching staff, and learned a little more from Coach Springer.

"It went really well," Crane said. "I learned some good stuff and I really liked how upbeat all the coaches were. Coach Springer is a really good coach and did some really good things to help me."

Crane admitted that going into the visit, he had no idea what to expect of Northwestern. A native of Denton, TX., Crane isn't too familiar with the NU atmosphere—just their strong academics. After visiting, the standout wide receiver was impressed with his trip.

"I knew it was a good academic school but I saw what the football and facilities are like," he said. "I had talked to the coaches on the phone, but never really met them. It was really cool, Chris. Evanston is a really cool town, but 20 miles away is Chicago. That's really cool. Talking with Coach Fitzgerald is really impressive. Special things are coming to the program, and everyone is really excited."

Northwestern was one of a series of visits for Crane, who recently visited Kansas—one of his favorites. After seeing NU in person, the bar has been raised for his upcoming visits.

"They're definitely one of my favorites right now," Crane said. "I'm going to go see Tennessee later this week, then Cal and Stanford. After seeing those, I should be ready to make m decision. I really like Northwestern."

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