Wren talks ASU pledge

In recent weeks it was known that it was going to be a two-team race for the services of Renell Wren, yet after visits to both ASU and Purdue the St. Louis (Mo.) Lutheran North High School defensive lineman didn't appear ready to make a decision until after Christmas. A somewhat unexpected present arrived in Tempe on Tuesday evening as Wren verbally committed to the Arizona State coaches.

"This is where I felt the most comfortable and I know I made the right choice for me," Wren said. "I'm in love with the weather down there, the student population and just the people that support Arizona State football. I know they are losing a lot of defensive linemen after this year so I have a good opportunity there.

"I felt especially comfortable with the academic advisor (Jean Boyd) there and he was voted academic advisor of the year. My parents liked the school said that wherever you feel most comfortable we'll support that and that's the school I liked. I felt very sad about turning down Purdue tonight, but in the end going to Arizona State was the best decision for me. You only get recruited once and you have to make sure that you make the right decision."

The 6-5 250 Renell Wren said that the Sun Devil staff 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 in a previous interview. "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. 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."

"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)."

Aside from Purdue Wren had offers from schools such as Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Kansas and Illinois among others.

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