Friday, November 30, 2012
UW commit Dane Crane recaps home visit
By Mason Kelley
When Dane Crane (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) talks about his commitment to Washington, he often references his relationship with offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto.
The 6-foot-3, 305-pound center has developed the kind of relationship with his future position coach that solidifies his decision with each conversation.
The coach and recruit get along so well, they talk several times each week.
“That’s one of the reasons I did commit,” Crane said. “I feel like we’re on the same page.”
But, while there is no doubt the senior will sign with the Huskies, the coach made a point to build his relationship with Crane’s parents during an in-home visit this week that included a steak dinner.
“It went great,” Crane said. “It went perfect. He came over and had some dinner with us, talked to my family a lot. At least once or twice a week I talk to him, so I think it was more for my parents to really get to know him. It was really good. They hit it off. It was a good night.”
Crane knows Cozzetto is a fiery coach. The four-star offensive lineman appreciates the passion.
“He’s a tough guy,” Crane said. “He’s all about business, but he cares about his players. I don’t feel like my relationship could be much better.”
After a senior season that ended earlier than expected, Crane has already started thinking about his freshman season in Seattle. However, it is still hard for him to believe his high school career is over.
“It was kind of bizarre right when the season ended, kind of like, ‘Wow, high school football is done. It’s time to move on to the show,’ ” he said. “It’s the thing I’ve been dreaming about my whole life. As unreal as it is, I’m so excited. It’s just such a blessing.”
Santa Margarita opened the season ranked No. 1 in the nation. However, when Nebraska quarterback commit Johnny Stanton suffered a season-ending knee injury, the Eagles’ season was derailed.
“I’m 100 percent disappointed, but I think, for what happened to our team, we showed a lot of character and we responded well,” Crane said. “As soon as our quarterback went down with the ACL it was really tough to be the same team that I think we would have been.
He plans to carry the lessons learned this season with him to Washington.
“I think you learn that expectations don’t mean a whole lot,” he said. “We were preseason No. 1 in the country. Everything seemed perfect. We were beating the crap out of teams and it felt good. All of a sudden you lose a component and you realize all that stuff everyone was saying is kind of out the window and you’ve got to just play.
“Regardless of what happened this season, the fire I have to go play in the Pac-12 is just unbelievable. To play for coach Sarkisian and coach Cozzetto, I can’t wait. I’m going to work as hard as I’ve ever worked in my entire life.”