Sam Wren (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western College) has been an offensive lineman’s nightmare this season. He has 30 tackles and a team-high six sacks for an Arizona Western team that is ranked No. 4 in the nation.
On Tuesday, the 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive end confirmed that he would take his pass-rushing skills to the Sun Belt Conference next season. Wren verbally committed to Texas State after visiting the campus over the weekend.
It was Wren’s first official visit, and the trip went so well that he committed to the Bobcats on the spot.
“I had some other trips planned, but I’m a Bobcat,” Wren said. “All my options were open, but I liked what I saw. As soon as I got there, I felt like I was at home. I felt too good about it.
“I saw what we’ve got coming in next year, and the guys I saw are winners. They want to win, and we have the potential to be one of the best D-lines in the country if we put our minds to it.”
Recruited by cornerbacks coach Jason Washington, Wren chose Texas State over offers from Oregon State, Nevada, Utah State and several other schools.
Wren, in addition to committing to a rising FBS program, will return to his home state. He graduated in 2010 from Palestine (Texas) High School, which is roughly a 3 ½-hour drive from San Marcos, Texas. Wren said returning to Texas wasn’t a major factor, but he’s happy to be close to family again.
What won him over mostly was the potential of the program and the overall environment of the campus and the city. A self-proclaimed “man on a mission,” Wren is ready to do his part in helping Texas State become a major FBS contender.
“I wanted to be a part of turning the program around,” Wren said. “They’re just starting out [in FBS play], and I’m looking forward to great things next year. I’ve been through a lot, and I’m ready for success. I’m just ready to win and turning things around.”
Wren became Texas State’s 10th overall commitment and the first junior college prospect to give his verbal pledge.