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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Wren talks signing with Cowboys

By Damon Sayles

ESPN JC 100 defensive end Sam Wren (Yuma, Ariz./Arizona Western College) gave a description of junior college football that many of his juco peers would agree with.

“It’s a grind man,” Wren said. “It’s a grind, for real.”

What felt like an eternal struggle at times ultimately had a happy ending for Wren, the No. 13 juco player in the country, as he signed with Oklahoma State early Wednesday morning. Wren, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound end, joined juco offensive tackle Brandon Garrett (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) as a mid-year transfer.

Wren woke up around 7:15 a.m. and signed his papers to Oklahoma State. Recruited by Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young, Wren also had offers from Arkansas, Oregon State, Texas State, Washington State and several other programs.

“I’m looking forward to having a great time and going all out,” Wren said of Oklahoma State. “They brought me in and welcomed me as a family member I liked the way the coaches were very respectful. I know they’ll coach me up when I’m on the field, but they’re really good guys when they’re off the field.”

Wren, originally from Palestine, Texas, is the No. 3 juco defensive end in the country. His mission to work double time for two seasons has equated into his high ranking and opportunity to sign with one of the top programs in the Big 12 Conference.

“It’s hard to explain everything,” Wren said. “I’ve been through it for two, 2 years. I’ve been struggling, but now, it’s time to come up and make it happen. It’s a great feeling. I can’t even explain it.”

A big-time pass-rusher, Wren finished the season with 41 tackles and a team-high 11.5 sacks. He also had four pass breakups, two fumble recoveries and a safety.