Renell Wren has been saying a decision was near for a few weeks now.
The 6-foot-5 defensive end never set a specific announcement date and was vague with details until the end. His stated timetable was rough. Wren was waiting for the always-elusive "right moment." Turns out, an idle Tuesday in December worked fine. Not everything in recruiting has to be a production. It's not as though Arizona State will mind the lack of showmanship.
Wren announced his commitment to the Sun Devils on Tuesday evening. The three-star defensive prospect says he's had a feeling where he would end up for quite some time. But that doesn't mean his choice was easy.
"I hate that I turned down Purdue, but I had to do what I had to do," Wren said "I'm not just picking ASU because of football, it's based on a lot of things. It's the place I need to be.
Wren, who says he is interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy, told the Sun Devil coaching staff of his intentions to commit at roughly 7:30 Tuesday evening. Things became official during a conversation with ASU defensive line coach Jackie Shipp.
"I called the D-Line coach," Wren said. "He said that he was amazed and jumping around. He told me that I made a big decision tonight. He told me he is going to take care of me at ASU. He was going to tell the head coach. He said that I just made his night."
The conversation made Wren's night as well. The St. Louis Lutheran North senior will now put his recruitment in the past and not worry about taking other visits or hearing pitches from other coaches. According to him, this commitment is likely to stick. Tuesday night was the end of the line.
"It's the best for me to be at ASU," Wren said. "The coaches and the school and the football … everything there was just the right fit for me.
"I'm done with visits and all that."
Wren chose Arizona State over ten other scholarship offers. He narrowed his list to include just Purdue and ASU weeks before announcing his choice.