Penei Sewell fared well against older competition at The Opening Regional in Los Angeles recently, made a recruiting stop shortly thereafter and now has his first Pac-12 scholarship offer.
UCLA became the third offer overall for the promising 2018 offensive line prospect from St. George (Utah) Desert Hills, joining Southern Utah and Utah State, and it came not long after an unofficial visit to campus where he got to meet with the coaches.
"I'm just really grateful that I've received an offer this young and this early in my career," Sewell told Bruin Report Online. "I'm really pumped. I saw what they are like and what they live by there, and it was all really good.
"My favorite part was how much they emphasized the family part of the program. Everyone around UCLA is friendly to each other and it's definitely something that stands out. Coach (Marques) Tuiasosopo is really intelligent and really knows what he's doing -- that's what I really love about him."
While on campus, Sewell also got a chance to catch up with offensive line coach Adrian Klemm.
"He talked about how physical and aggressive I am on film, and gave me a couple pointers on what I can do to improve next season," Sewell said. "That was cool."
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Sewell visited alongside his brother, Nephi Sewell, and said the Bruins are giving his brother a look at defensive back. He did not know if there were any other visits on tap this spring, but Sewell intends to compete at the All-Poly Sports camp this coming summer.
The offer from the Bruins figures to be only the beginning of a busy recruitment, but Sewell said UCLA's early belief in him could go a long way down the line.
"Right now I'm loyal to them because it means a lot that they believe in me," Sewell said. "I want to make a decision toward the end of my senior year. I want to embrace all the college experiences I get, but I really like UCLA."
A few weeks ago, Sewell made the top five "best of the best" among the offensive linemen at The Opening Regional in Redondo Beach. Check out a few clips from his sophomore season below: