Dane Crane loved his recent unofficial visit to Tennessee but the Volunteers didn't offer so the Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Santa Margarita center is planning another trip to Knoxville this summer.
"It was a really awesome visit," Crane said. "I spent literally all of Friday with coach (Sam) Pittman. It's an incredible place and I really liked it. I didn't get an offer which is kind of disappointing but it seems like it will lead to that.
"They talked about me coming out to camp. They're for sure going to offer a center and maybe even two, one they'll transform into a guard, so they want to really evaluate the center position. I think I'm going to make my trip out to Knoxville again in June to get a camp in and hopefully do well and pick up an offer."
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The 6-foot-3, 289-pound prospect is serious about Tennessee and he has some family friends in the area to defray costs but getting from Southern California to Knoxville could still be pricey. Crane said it would be worth it if the Volunteers offered.
"It's an expensive ticket out there but it's an offer I'd love to have," Crane said. "Coming from Southern California, it's a lot different out there. It was an awesome campus, great people, great program and it was really cool."
Recently, the Santa Margarita standout has also taken unofficial visits to USC and UCLA. Even though each campus had a different feel, Crane said both impressed him and will be considered moving forward in his recruitment.
"Both have awesome staffs," Crane said. "I really liked SC and I grew up around SC. They have the new complex coming in. I talked with coach (Ed) Orgeron a lot. I met with coach (James) Cregg so it was good initiating that. It was a good day. We toured around there and it was pretty awesome. It's one of the top programs in the country.
"UCLA has a different vibe because they're trying to rise. They have a really upbeat attitude down there about righting the ship and doing the whole new UCLA style. It was awesome and they have some great coaches."
So far, Crane has an offer from Colorado. He is visiting San Diego State soon and the Aztecs could jump on board as well.