According to Scout.com, Trent Sewell, a 3 star WR from Bothell, WA, has verbally committed to play football for Dave Christensen and the Wyoming Cowboys.
With his commitment, Sewell leaps atop the Cowboy's list of best recruits in 2012. By rankings, Sewell is the 2nd best WR in the state of WA. In my opinion, however, Sewell is the best overall WR in the state. This is a huge recruiting coup for the University of Wyoming.
For those wondering, "Who the heck is this guy?", allow me to introduce myself. My name is Kyle Rancourt, and I'm an editor over at the Washington State Cougar blog, CougCenter. Part of my job at CougCenter is to handle all things recruiting related. We have a Recruiting Central hub that I'm pretty proud of, and I've been linked to by ESPN, Yahoo!, SI, EDSBS, and CBS Sports. I say these things not to brag (ok, to brag a little), but mainly to prove I'm not just some schmuck who doesn't know what he's talking about.
I talked to Matt, expressed my jealously of Sewell choosing Wyoming, and now I'm here to tell you why I like the kid so much.
At 6'2, and 205 pounds, Sewell is a nice sized receiver. He is a former track guy, and reportedly ran a 40 somewhere in the 4.5 range. While speed isn't necessarily his strong suit, it's not an issue, either. He possesses a quick first step, and has the ability to win a foot race or two.
The thing I like most about Sewell is his frame. He can easily add another 10-15 pounds without sacrificing much speed in the process. While his routes aren't as crisp as they could be, he's an ideal slot receiver. He goes over the middle with no fear, and conjures up memories of a young Anquan Boldin.
Now, please don't take that comparison as "he thinks Sewell is going to be Anquan Boldin!", because that's not the case. He's a physical receiver, and that's the first comparison that comes to mind.
There are good things, but I'd be doing everyone a disservice if I did not mention the negatives, as well. Earlier I said he was the best WR in the state. I stick by that. However, it's a bit misleading. Compared to years past, when Washington produced guys like Kasen Williams, this year's class is simply not that great. There are good players, but no one is jaw dropping or oozing in talent.
Sewell needs to tighten up his routes, as he has a tendency to round them off, rather than make sharp cuts. A big reason Sewell didn't have more offers was a fairly large drop in production from his junior year to his senior campaign. As a junior, he racked up over 1,000 yards receiving, while only totaling just over 500 this year. He was double teamed a lot more, so he needs to learn how to make things happen when the defense focuses on him more.
Overall, I'm still really impressed with the kid. I don't know if he'll ever be a true #1 WR that opposing defenses game plan around, but it's no secret that I've been lobbying to sign this kid since this past April. He had an offer, and former Cougar HC Paul Wulff told him essentially, "Take the offer now, or it's revoked." That was in August. Sewell passed, hoping to play out his senior year and turn it into more more lucrative offers. Another possibility was he simply wasn't ready to commit to one school. I was against Wulff making this move from Day 1, and have loudly campaigned for new coach Mike Leach to give Sewell an offer. Before that could happen, however, Christensen brought Sewell in for a visit. The rest is history.
I'm almost always in favor of redshirting kids, but I think Sewell has the ability to play right away. I tip my cap to Coach Christensen for recruiting an area he knows well, and grabbing a guy who I would have loved to have in Pullman.
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