San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine quarterback Evan Crower just finished a successful senior season, leading his team to the CIF- San Diego Section semifinals.
Crower was one of the first players in the 2011 class to commit, making his intentions known in September before his junior year.
“I am still firm in my commitment to Stanford,” said Crower.
When asked to pick the one reason he chose Stanford, Crower struggled. There were multiple factors that weighted into his decision.
“I’d say the fact that I can play both sports and just the environment,” said Crower. “I also have family up there… There isn’t really one reason, it was all those reasons.”
Crower is a talented baseball prospect and plans on participating in both sports once he arrives in Palo Alto.
One of the most nerve racking times for any Stanford commit is waiting to find out if they have been admitted academically into the school.
“Yea, I have been accepted,” said Crower. “I got the letter a couple of weeks ago letting me know I got in.”
How much did academics play into his decision?
“That was a big part of it,” said Crower. “Sports came second and academics were first.”
Even though he has been committed to Stanford since September of his junior season, other coaches haven’t stopped calling.
“A couple of the schools have still been calling,” said Crower. “Mostly Pac-10 schools, it’s nice to know there is a plan B if things don’t work out.”
Crower will be taking his official visit to Stanford next month; he plans on it being his only visit.
“I’m taking my official on January 13th-16th,” said Crower. “Just that one visit is all I’m taking.”
Jim Harbaugh is one of the hottest names in coaching and is rumored to be a target of both NFL and college teams. If Coach Harbaugh left would that impact his decision to play at Stanford?
“That’s been the biggest question,” said Crower. “I think I would still stay if he left. I’ve been committed for so long and the opportunity to play both sports is something I can’t pass up.”
Crower has enjoyed watching the success of his future teammates this season and can’t wait to be a part of it all next year.
“It has been fun just seeing how much they improved,” said Crower. “You can’t really beat 11-1 and playing in a BCS game, that’s exciting.”
Between now and the time he enrolls at Stanford, Crower will play his senior season of baseball and focus on getting ready for college football.
“Just trying to put on a little more weight,” said Crower. I would like to go in at about 210lbs.”
Jake Worthen is a Northwest Recruiting Analyst for Scout.com.
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