Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy announced the signing of two junior college linemen to national letters of intent today. Trinity Valley CC offensive lineman Brandon Garrett and Arizona Western CC defensive end Sam Wren will both enroll at OSU for the spring, 2013 semester.
"We certainly need some defensive ends because we're graduating three good players and we need someone who can come in and impact us right away and we feel Sam Wren can give us that," Gundy said. "The same thing on the other side of the ball – we need some impact at offensive line. We've got to have guys that can come in and start the season at least as a backup and then work in as they pick up the system. That's really what you're looking for in these two-year guys.
"Brandon Garrett is getting bigger and stronger and really should be able to help us in our run game and in the pass, because he's got good feet. Wren, we're expecting him to be a third-down pass rush guy to start until he gets going."
A closer look at Oklahoma State's signees:
6-6 | 285 | Offensive Line
Deer Park, Texas/Deer Park/Trinity Valley CC
Junior College: Attends Trinity Valley CC in Athens, Texas, where he is coached by Brad Smiley … Three-star prospect by ESPN.com and a two-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com … Honorable mention All-Southwest Junior College Football Conference honoree … Held offers from Louisiana and North Texas, among others … Slated to enroll at Oklahoma State for the spring semester.
High School: Attended Deer Park HS in Deer Park, Texas, where he was coached by Chris Massey … First-team All-District honoree as a senior – his lone year of varsity action … Helped his team to an 8-2 record … Participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Personal: Brandon Garrett was born May 14, 1992 in Deer Park, Texas … Son of Heath Garrett and Tammy Helms … Undecided on a major at Oklahoma State … Grandfather, Stan Garrett, played football at Rice.
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline on Brandon Garrett: "We expect Brandon to come in and challenge for a starting spot. He'll be at about 295 pounds for the spring. He's got good fundamentals and is very intelligent. He is an athletic player with good bend."
6-3 | 250 | Defensive End
Palestine, Texas /Palestine/Arizona Western CC
Junior College: Attends Arizona Western CC in Yuma, Ariz., where he is coached by Tom Minnick … A first-team All-Western States Football League selection who finished with 14.5 sacks to rank second in the nation … His 1.6 sacks per game led the nation … Had 18 tackles for loss, recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble, had four pass breakups and recorded a safety … Defensive MVP of the 2012 El Toro Bowl after logging one sack and 12 tackles (four for loss) in the game … Claims a 4.59 time in the 40-yard dash and a 32-inch vertical leap … A four-star defensive end prospect by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by both Rivals.com and Scout.com … Held scholarship offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech, Arizona State, Oregon State and Washington State, among others.
High School: Attended Palestine HS in Palestine, Texas, where he was coached by Booker Bowie … Was a two-year starter who recorded 51 tackles and a team-high four sacks as a senior in 2009 … Second-team All-District honoree … Also participated in basketball and track and field.
Personal: Sam Wren was born Jan. 3, 1992 … Son of Gregg and Vanessa Wren … Cousin, Joel, is a senior on the football team at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Oklahoma State defensive coordinator/defensive line coach Bill Young on Sam Wren: "Sam has a very good first step off the edge and has got the athleticism and burst to really be effective in the pass rush. He also has the tools to help in stopping the run. He comes from a good family and we would expect him to contribute quickly."