November 14, 2013
Missouri DL nabs Spartan offer
The Michigan State staff used the bye week to do some evaluating of players. One of the prospects they took a look at was Renell Wren of High School in St Louis Missouri. Earlier today they decided to extend and offer to the 3-star defensive lineman. SpartanMag.com has some of the details.
Michigan State is looking to put the finishing touches on the class of 2014, but the staff is still actively evaluating players for potential scholarships. On Thursday Wren received news the #1 defensive team in the nation was extending him a scholarship offer.
Wren, who is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com, also holds offers from teams such as Nebraska, Purdue, Arizona State, Illinois and Missouri. He has over a dozen scholarships in all and now is in the process of narrowing his focus down to deiced which schools he will visit.
Wren informed SpartanMag.com that he plans to take several official visits so he can narrow his focus down and compare each school. Some of the things he is looking for are the relationship he has with the coaches, the academics and the direction of the program. As for the Spartans Wren stated:
"Michigan State is a good program and school. They are a place I need to look more into."
Obviously being offered by a school that not only plays defense as good if not better than anyone in the nation as well as competes for championships is something Wren is likes. With a playoff game set for this weekend against Caruthersville High School Wren has yet to really turn his attention to recrutong and setting up his official visits. He did indicate:
"I want to take all of my official visits first and see how the environments are and how I would fit."
Wren informed SpartanMagc.om that right now he is checking in at 6-foot-5, 250-pounds. By the looks of him on film, Wren has the ability to add some quality size and he will likely play in the 275-pound range at the next level. That size will make him a very versatile player. He will likely be someone who can play multiple positions on the line depending on down and distance. Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi likes players that can play multiple spots. In today's world of quick paced and multiple offense, Michigan State is one of the few teams in the nation that simply rolls out there with a base defense that can adjust on the field.
Wren is being recruited for Michigan State by Coach Terry Samuel. Coach Samuel has been handling the St Louis Metro area for Michigan State. Coach Mark Dantonio would certainly like to break into an area that they have not been into as of late. When coach Dantonio was an assistant Michigan State, Coach Reggie Mitchell was able to pull some of the best talent in St. Louis to East Lansing.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow up with Wren in the coming weeks. Once his season ends he will begin to set up his visit. A college decision is not expected until sometime in January or close to signing day.
Matt Dorsey Take: Interesting offer in the fact that Michigan State is tight on scholarships. With that being said, if the Spartans are able to find another slot after the bowl season the offer to Wren could indicate that defensive line will be a position the look to fortify even more. Wren's ability to be a 275-poiund player that could play inside and out depending on the situation is a positive factor in his recruitment. The Spartans still want to add an elite edge rusher like Darius Slade and a player like Wren could be an excellent complement if the Spartans do indeed have the ability to take 22 or 23 players for the class of 2014.
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