Coach who cares key for OL Dane Crane

Dane Crane had one question. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif./Santa Margarita) wanted to know how Washington offensive line coach Dan Cozzetto treated his players.

When Crane was in Seattle for Washington’s spring game, the players already in the program talked about Cozzetto’s intensity when they described his demeanor. But Crane only wanted to know one thing.

“Does he care about you?”

Every lineman he talked to said “absolutely.”

Looking back on the things that helped seal Crane’s decision to give the Huskies a verbal commitment in April, his father, Bob, pointed to the way Washington players described their offensive line coach.

They told Crane that, “He loves us. He’s going to beat the crap out of us. He’s not going to have a lot of empathy but, at the end of the day, this guy really gives a damn about us.”

That was all Crane needed to hear.

Rated the No. 5 center in the nation, Crane -- he will play left tackle during his senior high school season -- has no problem with coaches who are tough on their players on the field. Before he committed to Washington, though, he needed to make sure the coaches cared off the field.

One he figured that out, everything else fit.

“I felt like it was a place where I was wanted and I wanted to be,” Crane said. “It was just the right fit.”