Crane commits to Stanford

Guyer High School (Denton, Texas) Conner Crane is a fairly new name on the radar of Stanford recruiting observers. Stanford, however, has long been on the mind of the Cardinal's newest commit…

"It's always kind of been my dream school for the last couple of years," Conner Crane told The Bootleg moments after he committed to the Cardinal Thursday night. "Then when I went and visited, it's just an amazing place. You go there, and it's beautiful with the palm trees driving in, you see the whole San Francisco from the Hoover Tower, the coaches are great guys, I really liked working with them at the camp. We had lunch with the faculty, that was really cool, you could just tell that the teachers there just loved the athletes, they really help them, they want them to succeed, and that's great."

Despite Stanford's designation as Crane's "dream school," however, he didn't necessarily plan to commit to Stanford if offered. Instead, it took a visit to The Farm earlier this week to convince him.

"The visit really convinced me," Crane said. "I had a great visit to Northwestern, and I knew that I wanted to see Stanford before I decided anything and once they offered it was kind of a no-brainer. It was between them and Stanford, really."

As Stanford recruiting fans are likely aware, Crane's commitment is simply the latest in an interesting trend – Texas wide receivers are inundating Stanford's wideout corps. Ty Montgomery signed with the Cardinal last season and Dontonio Jordan, a prospect who played basketball with Crane in middle school, is committed to Stanford for this recruiting cycle.

Crane for one, is excited about the possibility of the three Texans terrorizing opposing defenses.

"It's going to be awesome," Crane said. "We're going to make the secondary have some problems out there."

Bucking the trend of early commits that still plan to take official visits, Crane said that his Cardinal commitment is final – it signifies the end of his recruiting process.

"Oh this is the school that I want to go to," Crane said. "I'm done with the whole recruiting process. I'm relieved to have it over, it was definitely fun, but Stanford's the place I want to be."

But what exactly is Stanford getting in its newest commitment? We'll let Crane explain for himself.

"I think I can get vertical, I can run some go routes, also, I think I'm a smart player out there and I'm also a really hard worker," Crane said.

All qualities that were appealing to Stanford's coaching staff, which met news of Crane's commitment with excitement.

"They were all just really excited, they were talking about all the speed we're getting out of this class, we're putting together a good class, and they're excited that we're going to win a bunch of games in the future," Crane said of his commitment conversation with Coaches David Shaw, Pep Hamilton, and Mike Sanford.

Now, with his commitment behind him, Crane will shift his attention to his upcoming season, and, Stanford's application process.

Although he doesn't have an application quite yet, Crane said the Stanford coaches will mail him one soon. He reports a 5.0 GPA (on a 5.0) scale.

The Crane back story

Before he committed to Stanford, The Bootleg caught up with Crane to get some background on his interest in Stanford and his relationship with the Cardinal coaches. Here's some of the back story on Crane.

"I thought they were going to wait until Friday before they let me know if they would offer me or not, but Coach Shaw wanted me to give him a call and he just said I really played well Monday at their camp," Crane said. "They didn't need to see anything else, and they couldn't wait until Friday.

"I was ecstatic."

Crane estimates that Stanford's offer pushed his total count to "in the 20 area."

Stanford's courtship of Crane began a few months back, although he had the Cardinal in the his mind for longer than that.

"Even a couple years back, they weren't necessarily recruiting me, but I've always kind of talked to my dad like that would be a great school, because they're so good at football and they have one of the top educations," Crane said. "But really they just started recruiting me probably at the start of spring football in May.

We kept in contact and then the past couple of weeks they really started bumping up their interest and then they offered."

It didn't take long for Crane to accept and join Stanford's 2012 football recruiting class.

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