Stanford-bound Crane part of big Guyer class

The class of 2011 turned a young Denton Guyer program into a contender. The class of 2012 proved that the Wildcats are here to stay.

Many thought Guyer would suffer a heavy drop off this season after losing a star-studded class that included quarterback J.W. Walsh. While the Wildcats lost in the area round, they still put together a strong season with another talented class.

Signing day makes that evident. Guyer had six players sign with FBS schools on Wednesday among nine total, a class that served as rebuilding blocks for the Wildcats but could have been a seminal group at another school.

"I think they overachieved," said head coach John Walsh. "They were a group that came in as freshman that we weren't too fired up about. It wasn't like they wowed us. They just win."

Receiver Conner Crane signed with Stanford after a stellar high school career. He caught 16 touchdown passes in 2011 in addition to 996 yards.

Guyer built its program on toughness along the defensive line, and its signing class reflects that. Defensive tackles Cody Henessee and Dan Kottman signed with Rice and San Diego State, respectively.

Defensive end Diontre Thomas signed with Louisiana-Monroe and Dominic Ramacher, the nation's third-ranked tight end, signed with Oklahoma State. John Ferguson, who played offensive line for Guyer, signed with Navy as a defensive end.