Conner Crane takes Stanford official

Stanford wide receiver Conner Crane was one of many Stanford commits to take his official visit to The Farm over the weekend. The trip was Crane's third to Stanford, and easily his favorite.

"I thought it was a lot better [than my unofficial visits] just because I did the camp the first time so I didn't get a chance to see everything and the coaches were coaching last time I was here so we didn't get a chance to talk as much," Conner Crane said. "This time was good because you got to interact with the coaches a bunch more, see everything, and everything wasn't so packed in. You got two nights with all the players to see everything and hang out with them. It was more time to interact with everyone."

Crane, who was hosted on his trip by his former high school teammate Cole Underwood, arrived in the Bay Area Thursday night and began the visit activities Friday morning.

"Thursday night we couldn't see any of the coaches or anything but a bunch of the guys met up at the hotel and hung out for a little while," Crane said. "The next morning we got up, went to have breakfast at the training table, then went on a tour of the campus and stuff like that, seeing the medical center and then the Hoover Tower and some of the rehab center, so just a bunch of touring. Then we came back, had lunch and talked to some of the academic advisors, and then went on kind of a scavenger hunt with all the players. Then came back from that, had an NCAA [football video game] tournament with our player hosts. Then we ate and went out with the players afterwards.

"[On Saturday], we got up, went to have breakfast with a bunch of the faculty and then we came back and toured the locker room and the weight room with Coach Turley and then we wet to the basketball game for the first half. After the first half we watched the 49ers game. We then talked more with Coach Turley and then Condoleeza Rice came and talked to us, and then after that we went to this real good restaurant and watched the Broncos play the Patriots."

Before leaving Palo Alto on Sunday, Crane sat down with Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton to discuss his role in Stanford's offense.

"We got to spend some time [Sunday] morning talking with Coach Hamilton at breakfast and he said that they really want me to come in and fight for a job," Crane said. "They need me to be a vertical threat in the offense that they kind of haven't had recently. So that's what they're looking for me to do, to come in and learn the system, work real hard, and hopefully get a job."

Crane's favorite part of the trip was getting to spend more time with his future Stanford teammates and fellow recruits.

"That was probably the best part of the trip, getting to hang out with them," Crane said. "I feel like when I go in June I'll have friends already made and people I'm talking to and we'll stay in touch. That was probably the best part, seeing all the guys who were already committed and then talking to the ones that aren't and getting to know them."

Although there were a number of highly-ranked uncommitted recruits in attendance, Crane said he didn't do too much recruiting of his own.

"Stanford kind of recruits itself," Crane said. "You don't have to say much about that. I didn't push it too hard but I think the biggest thing was just how cool all the commits were. We're all really good guys and I think that us hanging out with them, I think they really enjoyed themselves, and hopefully had a good visit."

Although he's been a solid Cardinal commit since he originally pledged to Stanford over summer, the final question in Crane's recruitment was answered a few weekends back when he found out he had been admitted to the school.

"I was driving home one day and got a Facebook message from Coach Sanford telling me to call Coach Shaw," Crane said. "I called him and he told me that I got admitted. I was excited. It was a big relief. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't get admitted, so it was definitely a weight off my shoulders to get admitted."

As such, Crane considers himself a firm Stanford commit and doesn't have any official visits to other schools scheduled.

"I'm ready to sign right now," Crane said. "I'm not going to take any more visits, I'm just going to keep in touch with the Stanford coaches. I think they're going to come for a couple more in-home visits then I'm going to sign in February. I'm excited."

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