Interview with Renell Wren
Renell Wren of Lutheran North High School in St. Louis, is a consensus three-star prospect and arguably the best defensive player in Missouri for the 2014 class. One of the more coveted defensive ends in the Midwest region, Wren has been hearing a lot from the Huskers since being offered three weeks ago. With the losses of Ernest Suttles and Dimarya Mixon, two defensive end recruits from the 2013 class, Nebraska will likely look to add three defensive ends in the current class. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Wren is one of the top targets for the Husker staff. I had the opportunity to interview Renell in an attempt to gain some insight into his recruiting experience. The following is a transcript from that:
Q: What kind of things do you do for fun?
A: I like to play percussion and I also go fishing.
Q: At what age did you start playing football?
A: I started playing football when I was in the 7th grade.
Q: What was your favorite college team growing up?
A: I liked South Carolina growing up.
Q: Have a favorite NFL Team?
A: The Green Bay Packers
Q: Which is better, the NFL or college?
A: I like the NFL better.
Q: Do you try and emulate any specific player?
A: I want to be like South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney.
Q: Any particular reason for the jersey number?
A: No sir.
Q: Are you happy the NCAA is going to a playoff, or did you prefer the BCS system?
A: I am happy the NCAA finally decided to move to a playoff system.
Q: When and who was your first scholarship offer?
A: March 15th, 2013 from the University of Memphis.
Q: How many scholarship offers do you currently have?
A: I currently have 11 scholarship offers.
Q: Is there a school that hasn't offered you that you would like to see do so?
A: Michigan State and Michigan
Q: What are some of the considerations you have when deciding between schools?
A: I want to go to a school with a big campus environment with diversity and good academics.
Q: Who are the schools currently on your list for consideration? Any leader(s)?
A: Purdue, Michigan State and Arizona State
Q: Who is currently recruiting you the hardest?
A: Arizona State, Memphis, Purdue, Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska.
Q: Do you pay attention to the recruiting momentum of the teams you are considering?
A: Yes sir.
Q: Did you attend any schools Spring Game?
A: No sir.
Q: Did you attend any camps or combines this summer?
A: I attended the Nike Camp at the Ohio State, the Blue-Grey National Super Combine in Canton, Ohio and the Football University Camp.
Q: Have you thought about who you might want to use your official visits on?
A: Arizona State and Purdue for now.
Q: What positions are you being recruited to play?
A: Defensive End
Q: What do you feel are some of your playing strengths?
A: I am good at getting off the ball. I use my long arms well, and I am good at staying low.
Q: What are some things you would like to work on between now and college?
A: I want to get better at keeping containment and not getting mentally tired.
Q: How would you feel about Redshirting?
A: I would take advantage of it and use it for a learning experience. I would be able to get stronger and learn the college game better.
Q: What is the most annoying aspect of the recruiting process?
A: All of the phone calls I get.
Q: Do you have a major in mind?
A: I am undecided right now.
Q: What are your goals for your senior season?
A: My goals are to have 15-plus sacks, 2 fumble recovery touchdowns and to lead the Crusaders to a State title.
Q: Do you have any individual goals for your college career?
A: Keeping my academics up and staying in college for a few years. Then hopefully getting a chance at the pros.
Q: What do you think you will miss most about high school?
A: I am gonna miss high school football the most.
Q: What is the craziest recruiting pitch you have heard so far?
A: I thought it was kinda funny when a coach referred to me as "Big Daddy."
Q: Do you have a time frame as to when you would like to commit?
A: In September or early October.
Q: In addition to National Letter of Intent Day in February, should there be an early signing period like college basketball has?
A: No, I like it how it is.
Q: Have you communicated with any prospective recruits about attending the same school?
A: No sir.
Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
A: My granny, she told me to never give up on my dreams.
Prior to contributing to HuskerMax, Jeremy Pernell co-founded the all football website N2FL.com. He served as the editor in chief of the college football portion of the website which focused heavily on recruitment and talent analysis, including the NFL Draft. You can email him at N2FL@hotmail.com.