An early commitment alleviates the pressure that comes with recruiting, and allows one to concentrate on their senior season. As a quarterback that just led his team, Notre Dame Prep, to a 4A Division II state championship, you can say that things have worked out in that sense very well for Sean Renfree
Yet, in his eyes the pledge he made back in July, now looks like hasty one. A coaching change made at Georgia Tech
allows Renfree to do things right this time around. "Looking back, I probably should have taken more time," said Renfree. "I probably should haven taken more visits in the first place and see what the other schools have to offer."
These days Sean Renfree is doing exactly that. He's been receiving an avalanche of offers and recruiting attention, talking to various coaches by phone and in-person. On Thursday night, it was time for Arizona State
Head Coach Dennis Erickson and Defensive Line Coach Grady Stretz, his Sun Devil recruiting coach, to make their recruiting pitch in Renfree's living room.
"It was a lot of fun. I really like talking to those coaches," said Renfree. "I always liked those coaches, and visiting with them one more time just makes me feel closer to them and build a relationship with them. So that part was great."
"They talked how critical it is to keep the local talent at home at ASU to keep building the program. They talked about how well recruiting is going so far, the new facilities that are going up…stuff like that."
The situation at quarterback at ASU is different from the time that the Sun Devils started pursuing the local signal caller. ASU recruited and landed quarterback Jack Elway
, which means that if Renfree did join the Sun Devils, he would have to be competing for playing time with a quarterback from the same recruiting class. Nonetheless, all concerned parties are downplaying that situation and are ready for any possible position battles.
"Coach Erickson said that they talked to the Elways and he's willing to compete as well," Renfree commented. "I know I'll have to produce and compete if I do go there, because I know he's a pretty good quarterback."
Renfree was disappointed to see former Georgia Tech Head Coach Chan Gailey let go, since he really grew close to him and his coaching staff. "But there's a lot of good schools out there, and we're gonna see where I'm gonna take my official visits to," Renfree noted. "Right now I have one set up with Nebraska
for January 4th, or if that doesn't work out January 18th, and I'm gonna visit Boise State
January 11th. I'm planning to take all my four visits (he already visited Georgia Tech in the fall) before I make my decision, so we'll see where my other two visits will be."
The Notre Dame Prep standout holds the University of Tennessee
in high regard. He attended camp there in the summer and has some family residing there as well. He is however waiting for the Volunteers to step up and offer a scholarship. "If they do end up offering me, I will take a visit there," he said. He added that Oregon State
is making a hard push, and that he really likes their coaching staff.
The quarterback doesn't plan to take an official to Arizona State because of the proximity factor, but admitted that "Arizona State is gonna be real high on my list all the way until the end…I'm gonna definitely stop by when they practice for the bowl game."
When asked what he likes about the ASU offense, Renfree replied: "They have a great balanced attack with a lot of weapons. They just need a quarterback to be a fill-in after Rudy (Carpenter) leaves, and do a good job spreading the ball around. Obviously having a good quarterback is a key for having a good offense."
"I love to go to a program that needs a quarterback that throws the ball a lot, and that let's the quarterback do a lot of different things. I don't know if I want to be in an offense like Texas Tech
that throws the ball 50 times a game, because I want to be in a balanced offense."
In terms of his own skills, Renfree looks to continue and ready his body for the college game. "I need to build up my arm strength, and that takes building up my core and putting on weight," he remarked. "I'm just over 200 pounds and by the summer I'd like to be 220. You really have to be pretty big and physical to play at that level. I want to work on my mechanics too."
The schools that the signal caller is seriously looking at, are for the most part a good distance away from home, and that is an aspect that intrigues Renfree. On the other hand, fans at his high school games often urge him to continue to be the hometown hero, by playing Saturdays in Tempe.
"All the people at school want me to go to ASU. It's not pressure, just a lot of fun," Renfree stated. "Playing close to home would be cool because my parents would be able to see all my games. Being a local kid, you can always go home. But the thing that kind of held me back with ASU in the beginning, was that I kind of wanted to get away from home…go somewhere else and experience new people."
Renfree is set on taking all his four official trips, before making his pledge. "If I get a really good feeling about one school, I'll keep it to myself," he said. "I don't want to commit right after I get a real good offer. If I do get a good feeling I'm just gonna let it sit and think about it."
Overall, when debating where to commit, he does keep one thing he heard during the recruiting process in mind.
"Talking to Coach Erickson has opened my eyes – it's not where you are, it's the program that you're in, the people that you're around."
When Sean Renfree committed to Georgia Tech, it was believed that the hometown Sun Devils ran a close second in the pursuit of his services. Now that he has de-committed, the maroon and gold are back in consideration and according to the QB are a serious suitor. ASU had an in-home visit with Renfree on Thursday night, and he shared with Devils Digest his experiences from that meeting.