July 31, 2013

Spartans getting serious about Missouri DE

Defensive end is an important recruiting need for the Spartan class of 2014 and one of the players the staff is taking a very close look at is Renell Wren of Lutheran North High School in St. Louis, Missouri. Spartanmag.com has the latest details on this stock on the rise recruit.

Wren has seen his scholarship offer list expand steadily this p-ring and summer and he is now closing gin on double-digit scholarships. We asked him about the schools that have offered and the ones that seem like they could be close to pulling the trigger next.

"I have offers from Purdue, Missouri, Memphis, Kansas, Illinois, Toledo, Northern Illinois, Cincinnati and New Mexico," Wren said. "Michigan State and Nebraska both seem like they could be close to offering as well."

The Michigan State staff is putting a significant amount of effort recruiting the St. Louis area and Wren is one of 3 or 4 recruits they are focused on. We asked him about his contact and thoughts on the Spartans.

"Coach Samuel is recruiting me and Coach Burton the defensive line coach has also been talking with me too," Wren stated. "They seem like they real know what they are doing up there at Michigan State as they have a really good football organization. I like the staff that I have met and it is a good distance from home."

Wren indicated to us that distance is not a big factor and the chance to get a little bit away from home and experience new things is something that he and his mom have both talked about as being a positive.

"My mom and I have talked about getting away from St. Louis area and exploring what other schools have to offer. I am looking for a school that has a big campus environment, provides a good education and has diversity."

Wren has not been to East Lansing yet, and he indicated that he will definitely take an official visit to Michigan State if he does receiver a Spartan scholarship offer. An offer from Coach Dantonio would vault Michigan State way up the list and the Spartans would be one of his top choices.

Right now Wren is focused on helping his high school team have a successful season. When we asked him about his goal for the fall he had the following to say.

"Our team is looking outstanding," he stated. "My main goal for the upcoming season is to be a captain and a leader. I want to lead the team in sacks and TFL's and help take us to state!"

At this point in time Watts does not seem to be concerned with making his decision right away. He wants to take a few official visits and compare what each school has to offer so he can find the best fit both academically and athletically. Spartanmag.com will continue to follow-up up with Wren in the coming weeks. It may just be a matter of the Spartans seeing him in pads this fall to secure a Michigan State scholarship offer.

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