Decision day is here for 2018 athlete Maureese Wren. A 3-star recruit according to the 247Sports composite, Wren is set to announce his commitment Wednesday evening.
The athlete recruit has experience playing wide receiver and defensive end at Horn High School in Mesquite, Texas. His final choices include Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, SMU, Texas Tech and Washington. He visited Baylor, Arkansas and Colorado, in that order, over the past two weeks.
Here are three things to know about Wren ahead of his announcement.
Maureese Wren being recruited on both sides of the ball
Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado and Washington view Wren as an outside linebacker. SMU, his first offer, has recruited him as a wide receiver. It is believed that Texas Tech also views him as a wideout.
That sort of versatility is rare. Being recruited as a defensive back and/or receiver or a lineman on either side of the ball can be common. But having a skill set that translates to either receiver or outside linebacker isn’t often seen.
It makes sense considering his combination of size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) and speed (4.68 40-yard dash). He can overmatch most defensive backs while also having enough speed to not be a liability at wide receiver. On the flip side, those tools make him an ideal fit to add 10-15 pounds at the next level and potentially become a standout outside linebacker.
Wren primarily played WR last season
Wren spent most of his playing time at wide receiver for Horn last season. He caught 11 passes for 129 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Dallas Morning News rates him as the No. 27 overall recruit and the No. 6 wide receiver from the Dallas area in the 2018 class.
It wasn’t until Wren shined in the spring at outside linebacker that he began to garner several offers to play defense. He’s shown he can be dominant as a pass rusher.
Wren’s older bother is a Rimington Trophy candidate
Wren’s older brother, Erick, is the starting center at Oklahoma. He played at Horn before going to Arizona Western Community College and then transferring to OU where he began his career as a walk-on.
Erick played in 12 games last season, starting 10, and earned All-Big 12 honorable mention. He is on the Rimington Trophy watchlist entering his senior season.