"When you go to a university and it feels like home, Purdue felt really good," Wren said of his Monday visit. "It sounds like they're going to do something really big up there."
Wren, a three-star defensive end from St. Louis, was able to tour West Lafayette for the first time. The coaching staff rolled out the red carpet for him.
"Purdue was nice," Wren said. "The coaching staff made me feel really welcome. They sound like they know what they're doing, building a good program."
Coach Marcus Freeman has led Wren's recruitment to Purdue, speaking with him frequently. The two have developed a close relationship.
While Wren was on campus, Freeman and the coaches were able to sell Purdue's academic prestige—one of the most important factors the defensive end is searching for in the right school. Of course, winning on the football field is pretty significant, too.
"[Purdue coaches] want you to be student-athletes first, and that's what I like about them," Wren said. "They're trying to win a Rose Bowl and that's what I want to do."
Wren holds offers from Purdue, Cincinnati, Illinois, Memphis, Missouri, New Mexico, and Northern Illinois. He has also picked up interest from Alabama, Florida, Iowa, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and others. The Memphis Tigers stand in second place behind Purdue.
A decision could be coming for Wren in the next couple weeks, changing up his original plan of a fall commitment. He feels that his options at the top will be tough to beat and wants to avoid a clutter of phone calls during his senior season.
"The coaches will come to you during the football season," he said. "Your phone will be ringing non-stop."
Right now, Wren wants his phone to be active. He is hoping to establish his top options before coming to a decision in August.
Purdue is the team to beat for Wren, and its coaches will surely be hot on his heels.