Crane to visit Farm for UCLA game

One of several recruits to commit to Stanford after a Cardinal summer camp, Conner Crane will take an unofficial visit to The Farm next Saturday for the Card's clash with UCLA. Crane will depart for the West Coast after his Guyer High School (Denton, Tex.) squad plays on Thursday.

"We have a game on Thursday," Conner Crane told The Bootleg. "I'll be flying out Friday, I'm excited."

Although Crane has visited Stanford before, for camp, this visit should give the recruit a better picture of what football life is actually like on The Farm.

"Last time I went it was a pretty quick trip, I was doing the camp all day, so I didn't have time to see everything," Crane said. "[Now I'll] get more time to spend on campus and stuff like that. I'd love to see the gameday atmosphere; it's going to be awesome. My mom and my little brother didn't go when we went in June, so it will be good for them to see everything and meet all the coaches and everything."

While this will be the first opportunity Crane has had to watch Stanford in person, he's seen all three of the Card's games, and, like the rest of us, has been impressed.

"I've seen all of them," Crane said. "The biggest thing is they're a physical team. They line up and they smash you in everything offensively and defensively. They run the ball a lot, which sets up openings in the second half for their play action for their tight ends. Obviously Andrew Luck is a great quarterback. They do a bunch of different stuff to get their playmakers the ball, so I'm really excited about it. They're looking good."

As a wide receiver, he also sees the opportunity to contribute to Stanford's offense early on.

"That's one thing, they definitely throw to Chris Owusu and Griff Whalen, but other than that, they're throwing to the tight ends a bunch," Crane said. "Hopefully, when we all get down there, because I think we have four receivers committed right now, we'll be able to compete and hopefully play as freshmen, at least that's my goal. I want to get down there and compete and earn a job."

Crane has made a point to keep in touch with both his future coaching staff and future teammates.

"I talk to Coach Sanford, the running backs coach, probably two or three times a week, whether it's Facebook or on the phone," Crane said. "I talk to Coach Hamilton and Coach Shaw a bunch too."

"[The other Stanford commits and I] talk all the time. Dontonio Jordan only lives 15 minutes away, so I talk to him all the time, then Graham Shuler, I've been talking to him. On Facebook we have this group and we all talk through that, it's pretty cool."

Currently, Crane is in the process of putting the finishing touches on his Stanford application.

"I'm finishing my essays and am waiting for some of my teachers to finish their recommendations, then I'll be able to turn it in," Crane said. I'd love to have it in hopefully in two weeks, that's my goal right now."

As such, it's not a huge surprise that Crane has essentially shut down his recruitment to schools not named Stanford.

"I get letters from people but I called most of the coaches that I was talking to a bunch and told them that I committed and told them the situation," Crane said. "Since then they've let me be. It's been good, they definitely respect my decision."

Entering their game with Coppell High this Thursday, Crane's Guyer High is 3-1 this year.

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