Crane pondering options

Texas linebacker enjoys Wisconsin visit, could finalize decision soon

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Garland product Jammar Crane took his official visit to Wisconsin over this weekend and came away impressed.


"It went excellent," Crane said. "The whole Wisconsin town, Madison, the whole atmosphere, the stadium, the locker room."


Crane gave the Badgers a soft verbal commitment in mid-November but stated at the time that he needed to take his visit to ensure that he would be comfortable at Wisconsin. Prior to his UW trip, Crane also visited Kansas and Colorado State and was particularly impressed with his Jayhawk visit. Last week, Crane stated that his UW visit had to be at least as good as the Kansas trip. Crane stated that his visit to Madison met the challenge, but he did not commit and did not say which visit was more impressive. "Both visits had strong points," he said.


Crane may still schedule a visit to Kansas State, or he could make a final decision this week. If the decision comes, Wisconsin has an edge, though Kansas remains in strong contention.


"I'm just going to have to think things through," Crane said.


Crane met with Wisconsin defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Kevin Cosgrove and liked what he discovered. 


"I'm loving the scheme," Crane said. "I definitely have a chance to play….If I go to Wisconsin I'd have the opportunity to get in there, cause some havoc."


Crane said he would play eagle linebacker at Wisconsin, a position similar to the outside linebacker spot where he starred at Garland.


"I would be playing the position that Alex Lewis plays," he said. "My playing style is similar to his, speed guy, the scheme is designed where big linemen won't get on me as much and I get to blitz a lot."


Crane's host for his Wisconsin visit was safety Dontez Sanders. He said he got along well with the Badger players and particularly enjoyed seeing a jersey with his name on it in the locker room. Crane was also impressed with Wisconsin's Rose Bowl trophies, which to him represented the high level of achievement for which the team strives.


The only thing Crane did not enjoy, was the difficulty he had reaching Madison.


"Really the only bad thing about my visit was the fact that I got there at 11:30 Friday night," he said. "We had plane delays. That was the only bad thing, but that has nothing to do with the football program."


As far as the Wisconsin football program is concerned Crane "loved everything."

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