Decision time nearing for Wren

Even with a dozen or so offers to his name, Renell Wren isn't interested in a prolonged recruiting process. His first of two official visits was to Arizona State this past weekend an experience he gave glowing reviews to. Devils Digest talked to the St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North High School defensive lineman about his Tempe trip and the recruiting process in general.

"The visit went well and I was impressed with a lot of things I saw," Wren said. "Besides the game I was impressed with the student body at Arizona State, the culture, the campus…I really like the academics there and me and my parents felt very comfortable with Jean Boyd and what he told us about student-athletes.

"What blew me away were the dorms. They were very nice looking. I just really liked the whole campus and the vibe there. I was at the stadium today (Monday) and I saw a lot of people in line at the ticket office buying tickets (for Pac-12 Championship Game) and it was only Monday. That was very big."

Wren did arrive in Tempe only on Saturday but did get to witness that night ASU's 58-21 win over their archrival Arizona. Needless to say that the defensive lineman was impressed with the display he saw in that contest.

"Coach Shipp and Coach Randolph always talked to me about their attack defense and how much they pressure the quarterback," Wren stated. "I really liked that scheme and their attention to detail making sure everybody does their assignment."

The 6-5 250 Renell Wren said that the Sun Devil does like his athleticism at defensive end. Wren reported a 40-time of 4.65 seconds and weight room marks of 305 lbs. benching, and 505 lbs. squatting.

"Coach Shipp said that I have all the skills he wants for a defensive end," Wren said. "He likes my speed and my explosiveness, my aggressiveness, height and strength, and he visualizes how much stronger I can be in a couple of years if I came there. He thinks I can really be an impact player at Arizona State."

"They also like my character and how I acted on the visit. They really look at your personality because that shows how successful you will be. They don't just recruit anyone, just players with high character. Coaches told me that with my character I will succeed anywhere I go and not only in football, but they obviously want me here (at ASU)."

Wren stated that he enjoyed personally meeting head coach Todd Graham and did like the essence of his message.

"He wasn't promising me anything or telling me what I wanted to hear," Wren recalled. "He didn't tell me that I was going to start as a true freshman; but that if I worked hard once I got here that I could put myself in a position to make an impact.

"I really like how much he values sportsmanship and character because that's important to me too. Me and my parents have a great connection with all the coaches there and they make me feel comfortable."

Wren has offers from schools such as Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Kansas and Illinois among others. Arizona State, his first official visit to any program, is a program that the lineman has been talking highly of ever since he was offered in the summer and this recent visit did nothing but enhance his view of the school.

Nonetheless, he does want to visit his co-favorite school before making a decision between both schools.

"I'm going to visit Purdue this weekend," Wren said, "and after that visit I will sit down and decide (between both schools) about my verbal commitment. I'm going to look at the campus environment, student body, dorm life, my football teammates, just the whole program and how comfortable I feel with it."


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