UA com­mit­ment

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT

Mau­reese Wren, who plays re­ceiver and line­backer at Mesquite (Texas) Horn, com­mit­ted to play at Arkansas on Wed­nes­day, choos­ing the Ra­zor­backs over Mis­souri, Bay­lor, Colorado, Wash­ing­ton, Utah and nu­mer­ous oth­ers.

Ath­lete Mau­reese Wren vis­ited the Arkansas Ra­zor­backs on July 27, and it didn’t take long for him to know he wanted to be a Ra­zor­back.

On Wed­nes­day, he pub­licly an­nounced his oral com­mit­ment to the Hogs.

Af­ter talk­ing to Coach Bret Bielema and out­side lineback­ers coach Chad Walker, he was sold.

“I thought it was a good fit, and what Coach B and coach Walker were say­ing to me it all kind of made sense,” Wren said. “The plan they have for me to play out­side line­backer and as a goal-line re­ceiver. I re­ally fell in love with them when they said that.”

Wren, 6-4, 216 pounds of Mesquite (Texas) Horn picked the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Fayetteville over schol­ar­ship of­fers from Mis­souri, Bay­lor, Colorado, Wash­ing­ton, Utah and nu­mer­ous oth­ers.

He and Bielema de­vel­oped a good re­lal­tion­ship.

“We’ve been re­ally cool,” Wren said. “I know he has great re­la­tion­ships with his play­ers and that stood out to me know­ing that he re­ally be­lieves in his play­ers.”

He no­ticed how Bielema in­ter­acts with his play­ers when he at­tended prac­tice.

“When they’re down, he’s al­ways pick­ing them up and telling them to try harder and he be­lieves in them,” Wren said.

Mesquite Horn Coach Mike Over­ton said Wren will play both ways for the Jaguars.

“He’s a re­ally good ath­lete,” Over­ton said. “For us, he’s go­ing to play on both sides of the ball as a re­ceiver, which he has great skills as a re­ceiver. Also he’s go­ing to play line­backer for us. He has that ca­pac­ity be­cause he’s such a good ath­lete and has good in­stincts.”

Wren has played mostly re­ceiver for the Jaguars, but Over­ton said Wren is fond of de­fense.

“I know he has fun play­ing de­fense, and he loves rush­ing the passer and he’s al­most un­block­able,” Over­ton said. “I look for him to have a huge year for us.”

Arkansas run­ning backs coach Reg­gie Mitchell and Walker liked what they saw of Wren dur­ing the Texas A&M-Com­merce satel­lite camp June 17. The Hogs ex­tended a schol­ar­ship offer two days later.

He is the No. 12 com­mit­ment for the 2018 class and the fourth Texan to pledge to the Hogs.


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