Impact Report - Dane Crane

Washington got off to a very nice start late last month when they got their first lineman committed for the 2013 recruiting class as Santa Margarita (Ca.) Catholic Dane Crane made his decision shortly after the Spring Game and Junior Day. Here's a look at how his pledge to play for the Dawgs impacts the roster as well as the rest of the class and what type of player the Huskies are getting...

Scouting Report - At 6'3", 295 pounds, Crane has the ideal size for an interior offensive line prospect and then when you throw in his quick feet, underrated athleticism and mean streak, it's easy to come to the conclusion that he will be a nice addition to Washington's roster.

As you watch his film the first thing that sticks out is how physical he is at the line of scrimmage. Almost every highlighted play shows him mandhandling either the player across from him or the player in the 1 or 2 gap.

He plays with good pad level, uses his legs really well and he has a great initial punch that few prep players are equiped to deal with.

Things to work on - While Crane is very physical, it was rare to see him kick step and get into pass-protection much while watching his film.

That doesn't mean he can't do it and he obviously has feet necessary to be solid in that area, but he will definitely have a learning curve when it comes to that aspect of the game.

He's got oustanding lower-body strength and he appears to have good upper-body strength as well, but the Husky strength and conditioning staff will get to work on trimming him down a bit before building him back up. Like most high school offensive linemen, Crane will need to get stronger, but he's got a very solid base to work with and that's always nice when you're dealing with an incoming freshman.

Where he fits - As with all Dan Cozzetto offensive line recruits, Crane appears able to play multiple positions although they will almost strictly be on the interior.

Drew Schaefer will have exhausted his eligibility following the 2012 season and Mike Criste is currently being groomed as the heir-apperent at center, but Crane will still get a long look there to go along with reps at either guard spot.

He will most likely redshirt and then battle Colin Tanigawa, Erik Kohler, James Atoe, Siosifa Tufunga, Shane Brostek and Cory English for reps at guard and the trio of Criste/English/Tufunga at center in 2014.

Effect of commitment on 2013 class? - Washington is likely to take five lineman in the 2013 class although there is a case to be made for only four or as many as six.

Assuming it's five, fans should expect a minimum of two tackles and two interior players with the fifth being a "swing" player who could play almost anywhere.

With Crane's commitment, Washington still has their eyes on several other interior linemen including BYU-commit Brayden Kearsley as well as maulers like John Lopez from Orange Lutheran, San Clemente's Sean Harlow, Los Alamitos' Alex Redmond, St. Louis' Reeve Koehler from Hawaii and Paramount's Chris Borrayo.

Swing players include Crane's teammate Riley Sorenson as well as Kings (Seattle) OL Mason Friedline.

Another player to keep an eye on is Andrew Kirkland from Jesuit High School in Portland who can also play almost anywhere along the line. Kirkland doesn't currently have an offer, but he is being heavily recruited by schools up and down the West Coast and Washington is a school that could get in the mix sooner rather than later. Top Stories