Crane reaffirms commitment after latest visit

Although he previously visited Stanford over the summer for a Cardinal camp, Conner Crane's Oct. 1 trip to Palo Alto for the UCLA game marked the first time the Texan had a chance to soak in The Farm without the pressure of trying to earn an offer. Late last week, Crane spoke with The Bootleg about his visit experience.

"It was great," Conner Crane said of his trip. "It was good for my parents, my parents loved it. My mom especially, it was her first time out there. She liked it a lot. It was cool to see a game. You go there for a camp and you don't really know… it's not the biggest stadium in the world, but when the fans are there, it's packed, it's an electric atmosphere. It was a good time."

Crane and his family arrived in the Bay Area late Friday night, and began the visit activities Saturday afternoon.

"We got there at probably 1 p.m., did a campus tour real quick, saw the Hoover Tower, the big church, came back, and met with the strength and conditioning coach," Crane said. "Then we went to a picnic deal where everyone ate and got to talk with the coaches and got to talk with some of the professors, who are really cool people, all the stuff they have to say is really interesting. Then there was a player panel where we could ask them questions with no coaches there, so that was good."

Crane said he thought the unfiltered look into life as a Stanford student-athlete was informational.

"It was really good because they talked about balancing your time, the social part," Crane said. "They told us no matter what you could pursue whatever major you wanted to, that the coaches are really understanding, trying to get you to any lab you need to go to or anything like that, so it was good to hear from them."

Crane also gave high marks to the game itself.

"It was good, they beat them pretty good," Crane said. "They're definitely a team that grinds them down, then in the second half they opened it up on them."

Like other recruits who visited for the UCLA game, Crane was also impressed with the sold-out Stanford Stadium and game-day atmosphere.

"It really exceeded what I thought it was going to be," Crane said. "The band is insane, that was so cool, and the student section is great. It was sold out, didn't see many open seats, and everyone stayed until the end of the game. It was a really good atmosphere."

During the course of his visit, Shuler also got to interact with fellow Stanford recruits and current Cardinal players.

"Graham Shuler was there from Tennessee, Barry Sanders was there, Andrew Jelks was there and then Nathanael Lohn was also there," Crane said. "They're really cool guys. I enjoyed hanging out with them. Real down to earth, funny. Hopefully we can add Nate, Andrew, and Barry to the team pretty soon."

Crane said that the trip helped to further solidify his Cardinal commitment, not that it was ever in question.

"No doubt," Crane said. "My parents and I definitely walked away with the feeling that there are not really any negatives other than distance, maybe, to Stanford. Academically, the football program, the people there are just great people, so we definitely are very proud to have this opportunity. It definitely reaffirmed my commitment."

Now, all that's left for Crane is to put the finishing touches on the Stanford application.

"I'm finishing up my last essay and then I should be able to send it in," Crane said.

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