Wren's list at four; setting official visits

Three-star defensive end Renell Wren has his list of suitors at four, now, with a new school entering the picture. However, a visit to Purdue and other stops will make or break Wren's recruitment. Boiler Sports Report offers the latest on this important Purdue prospect.

The recruiting game isn't over until February, and that's something three-star defensive end Renell Wren is learning. His list of favorites has grown from three to four, with a new suitor entering the mix.

Wren, a standout at Lutheran North (Mo.) High School, has long listed Purdue, Arizona State and Nebraska as his favorites. Now, Mississippi State has become an option. An offer from the Bulldogs could be coming soon.

Purdue was one of the first to enter the mix, with his offer coming in the spring. Since then, coach Marcus Freeman has worked a strong recruitment of the St. Louis native.

"It's very good," Wren said of his relationship with Freeman. "He calls me every week and talks to me through Facebook and Twitter. We have a really good connection."

The Boilermakers are in the midst of a rebuilding season, and Wren understands it's a work in progress.

However, Purdue's struggles this season offer a potential positive for the future. The door is open for early playing time—something Wren recognizes.

"If I do go [to Purdue], I can help the team out to the best of my abilities," Wren said.

Wren has yet to take an official visit, but the bulk of those will likely come in the month of November. His plans are to visit West Lafayette plus Arizona State, Mississippi State and Kansas.

For now, Wren's recruitment is on hold. His senior season continues on after Lutheran North won its final five games to reach the playoffs. A matchup with 4-5 Herculaneaum awaits Wren's team in the first round.

"If we lose, I'll be really emotional," said Wren. "It'll be my last game. We just have to earn every play and I have to do the best of my abilities."

Once Wren's season comes to an end—whenever that may be—the focus turns to a busy recruitment. His official visits will make or break each school's chances.

"When I take my official visits," he said, "if I feel comfortable at the school, that will make my decision of where I'm going."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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