Stanford fans may well know that Stanford commit Evan Crower is the No. 6 quarterback in the 2011 class, the presumptive heir apparent to Andrew Luck. They may not know, however, that football is far from Crower’s only sport.
“Our baseball season went well,” Crower told The Bootleg of his St. Augustine High (San Diego). “We got to the playoffs, beat Canyon Crest to get in [3-1]. Then we played Montgomery, a good team. We beat them close [9-6], and played Cathedral Catholic for the state semis but lost 3-0. So we played Montgomery again and lost on a walk-off in the seventh [10-9].
“So, it did not go as planned, but it was a good season. … I played first base. Batted .350 and didn’t pitch a lot because my arm had tendonitis, so I kept it low there [2.2 IP on the season]. But I hit [four] doubles, [one] homer, overall was rounded.”
Why are we writing about Evan Crower’s baseball season? Well, don’t worry, there’s plenty of football update to come, but it’s wholly appropriate to focus on Crower’s talents on the diamond. After all, he sees himself continuing as a two-sport star while at Stanford.
“I want to play two sports a lot,” he said. “I like baseball a lot. I like football a lot. I like them both. Tyler Gaffney is up there doing both, and I’ve talked to him and heard he’s doing well and liked it. In baseball, I could be first base or a pitcher, I like them both. We’ll see. I like pitching, but I like playing most of all.”
There are still two summers and a school year separating Crower from his official start at Stanford, however, and the rising senior certainly appears to be making the most of this summer.
“We have a camp, full-contact at USD, this Sunday through Wednesday,” Crower said this past week. “Our coach signed us up. It’ll be La Jolla and some teams in L.A., some local high school teams. We haven’t put on pads and gone full contact in awhile, so it’ll be interesting.
“Then, I go to Utah on Wednesday for the Elite 11 quarterback camp. There was one up at Cal which I didn’t do, so the next one is Utah and so I’ll take a plane there.”
Crower will try out at the regional Utah camp to make the national Elite 11 Camp (which, ironically, has gone 12-deep the last two years). If he does, history suggests he has a bright future ahead of him. More Elite 11 quarterbacks than not go on to become college starters, 27 percent go on to play in the NFL and though the camp has been operational for just a dozen years, the list of national alumni is impressive: Vince Young, Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, Troy Smith, Chris Leak, Kyle Orton, Matt Leinart and Stanford’s own Trent Edwards and Andrew Luck among them.
The Elite 11 is not the only camp Crower has recently participated in, however.
“I just got back from the [Steve Clarkson Dreammaker] Camp in Santa Barbara,” he said. “It was good. There was competition from all over, Florida, New York, you name it and people were there. Pac-10 quarterbacks were there, Matt Barkley, Jake Locker, plus Terrelle Pryor. It was cool because we were split in groups, and they would correct everyone who threw. Whoever threw, they’d be on him. We did footwork and drops and routes, and then had fun, throwing at targets. It was a long camp, 8 a.m. to 2:30.”
Yet two additional camps stand between Crower and summer football with his high school team, both at Stanford. The football team’s camp runs June 21-24 and baseball’s July 1-4, and Crower reports he’ll be at both.
“I went to the Stanford football camp last year and that was fun,” he said. “I haven’t done the baseball one yet, but I’m excited for both of them. I’m excited.”
Good thing Stanford’s staying in touch with Crower too, as other schools haven’t stopped recruiting him just because of his verbal commitment. In fact, Crower reports welcoming his fair share of visitors to St. Augustine High.
“Schools come to my school,” he said, a bit embarrassed. “A lot of Pac-10 schools. Schools are coming every week. I’m just [pause]… Stanford is where my commitment is and where I feel comfortable. I’m sticking there.”
Despite the in-person interest, Crower reports only San Diego State has offered at this point. That, of course, could change come fall, when Crower and his teammates should both be in a good position to shine. For his part, Crower reports putting in the hard hours of work that forge a future college athlete.
“I’m working on footwork a lot, and trying to get bigger day by day in the weight room,” he said. “I’m just working out. I’m about 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5, 190, 195, right there.”
Crower is listed at 6-foot-3, 180 and 6-foot-4, 182 at Scout and Rivals, respectively, suggesting the work is paying off as he looks to be adding both height and weight.
Whatever his dimensions, Crower is excited for his senior year of football.
“We have a lot of people coming back,” he said. “Our offensive line is getting bigger and bigger, and we have couple of good running backs and wide receivers, so we’re looking pretty good. We want to go CIS – that’s everyone’s goal. We fell short last year, but that’s what we’re working for this year.”
Academically, Crower reports a 3.5/3.6 and that he has taken the SAT more than once.
“I’m doing very well academically. I just got out [last week], finished finals and everything. … I took the SAT a couple of times. I took it last week and the results will come back in a couple weeks. I’m pretty confident I got 1500, but if not, maybe I’ll study for the ACT and do it over the summer or next year.”
Finally, we asked Crower about the matter on every college football fan’s mind: conference expansion.
“It’s crazy,” he said. “On my phone and TV, it’s all college football, and what’s going on with the Pac-10 and all of that, and with USC. Definitely, different schools coming from the Texas area and playing against them to make the Pac-10 bigger -- that’s big.”
The fate of the former Pac-10, the new Surf ‘n Turf Conference, may be known relatively soon, but we at The Bootleg will follow this 2011 football class until it’s announced on Signing Day – and beyond. Stay tuned to TheBootleg.com for all the latest.
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