Highly sought JUCO has Cougs tied at top

WASHINGTON STATE HAD a productive in-home last night with a junior college defenseman with double digit offers – a guy who puts up the numbers with his hand either up or down. A mid-year transfer who will sign in December, he racked up the sacks this year and is focused in on two BCS schools, one of which is Washington State.

Sam Wren (6-3, 260) out of Arizona Western College isn't ready to close any doors. He holds offers from WSU, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Oregon State and many more. But there are two schools that have emerged.

"Washington State and Oklahoma State have really been coming after me and are my top two," said Wren.

WREN SAT DOWN with assistant Eric Morris on Tuesday night.

"Coach Morris, he's a really good guy," said Wren. "He's been showing me a lot of love and that he's committed to me, too. It's the same thing with Coach Leach."

HE'S BECOME A hot recruiting commodity because of his speed and athleticism. It doesn't take long for him to show up well on tape.

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WREN, ORIGINALLY OUT of Palestine, Texas, was previously committed to Texas State but as his recruitment continued to take off, he opened things back up.

Wren said in the phone interview several times that he's still considering Texas State, as well as schools like Nebraska and others. But he's planning on signing on Dec. 19 and he also said all indications are it will come down to two schools.

"I'm really, really looking at Washington State and Oklahoma State right now," said Wren.

WREN WILL officially visit Okie State on Dec. 7, and then head out on the Palouse the weekend of Dec. 14. The first date mid-year junior college transfers can sign is Dec. 19.

Wren said the Cougs are looking at him as a BUCK or DE, very similar to the role that he played at Arizona Western. He can line up on the edge, at the two- or three-technique, even drop back into coverage. But he does like to blitz.

Wren racked up 10.5 sacks this season amongst his 41 tackles. His sack total was tops in the conference and sixth in the NJCAA.

Wren has used his redshirt and has two-to-play-two at the next level.

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