“Every kid has the dream of playing on Saturdays in a Power Five conference. I gave up the dream of playing in the PAC 12 because I believe that the bigger picture is in Nevada for me."At 6’0” 225lbs Sewell is one of the hardest hitting recruits we have seen. Sewell has a knack for finding the ball and his high motor allows him to disrupt play after play. “Today's game is a lot faster and is about getting the best angles to attack the ball. They (the coaches) like the way I have a nose for the football and just being a physical player. They know I can help the run, but they were impressed that I could cover some Slot WRs also.” As a Junior Sewell was All-state helping his school take the state championship.
Sewell visited Nevada in October and came away impressed. “I loved every second of it. When I was first offered by Nevada, I wasn't too excited and that's the honest truth. You could even ask Coach Polian. I went on that visit with an open mind to give them a fair chance. This school was giving me a chance to play football at the next level and were willing to pay for it. Most kids don't get that chance, so the least I could do was go in with an open mind. Everyone was just great to be around with. I pulled the players aside and asked them "Are the coaches really who they seem they are?" and everyone replied that they are who they say they are. I liked that the most, the coaches are just so easy to relate to because they are young. They are also building the program up. I want to be a part of that something special from the ground-up.” Sewell is most looking forward to playing alongside fellow Utah player Korey Rush as well as 2015 Nevada commit Hausia Sekona, “We can represent Utah and show that we are able to compete at the next level.”
One reason why Sewell has been so disruptive in his career at Desert Hills is because of his and his coaches’ commitment to film study. Defensive Coordinator Nick Hansen would give Sewell everything he needed to take away some of the offenses favorite plays. “Coach Hansen would have a defensive packet every week for us to study that had the opposing team's personnel, formations, our goals, and sometimes the other players’ class schedule. We would have our practice team rep the opposing teams plays until we knew it like the back of our own hand. We would have film every morning, lunch, after school, before and after practice, and the day after games. We took pride in our defense.”
When asked about Sewells favorite part of the game he says it’s the time during practices that help him focus on business while still having fun with your brothers. “In practice, you will find the identity of what kind of team you are. It is where the bond of being a family is forged and grows stronger. Just being able to do your thing and let loose sometimes. The competition to earn a starting job, that's what I like the most.” With Sewell, Nevada has picked up a very intelligent and physically dominating player who should be able to compete for starting time if he doesn’t red-shirt his freshman year.
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