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Cali teammates set date for official visit

9/16/2012
Tom Mendoza for ESPNLosAngeles.com

Since Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita has a bye Sept. 28, teammates Dane Crane and Connor O'Brien decided it would be the perfect opportunity to take a trip to Washington for their official visits.

Crane, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound center, and O'Brien, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete, will be in Seattle Sept. 27 to watch the Huskies play No. 9 Stanford at CenturyLink Field.

"I'm totally pumped for that," Crane said. "I've been waiting for the visit for a while now. I'm excited I get to take it. Obviously, it's going to be a huge game playing Stanford. You saw last night what they can do. It will be awesome."

Rated the nation's No. 5 center, the four-star recruit has paid close attention to Washington's season so far. Despite the lopsided loss at LSU in Week 2, Crane likes what he is seeing from the Huskies.

"The LSU game was rough, but those coaches, with what they've got, I think they're going to be just fine," Crane said. "They turned around yesterday and played great against Portland State and hopefully it carries into Pac-12. I'm excited to see how they do."

Crane is one of the leaders of a Santa Margarita team that is ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Eagles (4-0) had another big week, knocking off Carson (Calif.), 72-0, Friday.

"It was 65-0 at half," Crane said. "We set the school scoring record at halftime. It was a team that gave us trouble last year. They had some SC recruits last year, but we were just ready to go."

While Crane and O'Brien are already locked in with Washington, teammate Riley Sorenson, a 6-foot-5, 318-pound offensive lineman, is still weighing his options, but the Huskies are high on his list. Crane said he is always working to bring Sorenson with him to Seattle.

"I don't know where he's leaning," Crane said. "I know Washington's definitely one of the top one or two. I know Washington and Cal are the top two for him. Every day I try to work him to be a Dawg. Hopefully we get him. I'm praying we get him."