186 lbs.
Zachary, La.
High School
Zachary HS

Talented player who played as LSU’s starting shortstop during the 2020 season as a true freshman … missed most of his high school senior season due to an arm injury that required Tommy John surgery … very athletic infielder with good feet, good hands and a strong arm … extremely intelligent young man who actually entered college early, as he could have been a 2020 high school graduate, but instead graduated in 2019.

2021 Season
Played in 31 games (12 starts), batting .106 with one double, four RBI and seven runs … started 12 games at second base … doubled and drove in two runs in May 1 game versus Arkansas.

2020 Season
Played in 15 games (11 starts at shortstop), batting .286 (8-for-28) with two doubles, six RBI and five runs … batted .538 (7-for-13) during LSU’s five-game win streak to end the season with two doubles, five runs and five RBI … raised his cumulative average from .067 to .286 during that five-game span … also played outstanding defense during the season, as he did not commit an error in 40 chances … 2-for-3 with a double and one run scored on March 11 vs. South Alabama … 3-for-4 on March 7 vs. UMass Lowell with two RBI and three runs scored.

Prior to LSU
Three-year letterman at Zachary (La.) High School … rated as the No. 256 prospect in the nation by Prep Baseball Report … helped lead Zachary to district titles in 2017, 2018 and 2019 … voted 2018 first-team all-district and first-team all-metro … batted .394 in 2018 with 13 doubles, five triples, five homers, 32 runs scored and 18 stolen bases … batted .453 in 2019 with one home run before undergoing Tommy John surgery … graduated summa cum laude from Zachary High School with a 4.2 GPA.

Full name is Collier Ray Cranford … parents are Keith and Rene Cranford … dad is a homeland security consultant and mom is a court reporter … has one older sister, Bailey, who is enrolled in the LSU Law School … on attending LSU: “LSU is home for me, I grew up 30 minutes away. I came to games when I was younger and always dreamed of being a Tiger. At the end of the day, I feel as if I had no choice but to come to LSU” … majoring in kinesiology at LSU … born June 13, 2001, in Baton Rouge, La.

Cranford’s LSU Career Highs
At-Bats: 4 five times; most recently at Texas A&M (5/22/21)
Hits: 3 vs. UMass Lowell (3/7/20)
Runs Scored: 3 vs. UMass Lowell (3/7/20)
Doubles: 1 three times; most recently vs. Arkansas (5/1/21)
Triples: none
Home Runs: none
RBI: 2 three times; most recently vs. Arkansas (5/1/21)

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