Star WR prospect has heavy crimson influence

BOTHELL HIGH'S Trent Sewell, one of the top football prospects in the state of Washington, is warm to the idea of heading outside the borders for college. But the speedy receiver is also hearing the siren call of the Palouse – a call that's being fueled by his dad as well as his pass-catching mentor.

The 6-2, 205-pound Sewell currently holds offers from UCLA and Washington State, and is hearing from most of the Pac-12, plus Boise State and others. He is rated by as the No. 65 wideout prospect in the nation for the 2012 recruiting cycle.

"The Cougars are always going to be high on my list," says Sewell. "It is my home state and they were one of the first schools to offer me."

The Cougars have a bit of history working in their favor while going after Sewell. Sewell's father, Colan, ran track for Washington State in the 1990s. And his personal wide receiver tutor for the past few years has been Mike Bush, the standout grab-master on WSU's 2003 Rose Bowl team and a big believer in the powers of long-time Cougar receivers coach Mike Levenseller.

Levenseller is no stranger to Sewell. He worked with the youngster first-hand last summer at the Jason Gesser Elite Camp.

"I liked Pullman when we went over there (for junior day)," said Sewell. "I like the area and Colan had a good time showing me all of the places he had been and telling the stories he had."

While Sewell is high on the Cougars he isn't ready to begin narrowing his list.

"I like that WSU is in state," said Sewell. "But, I am also looking at schools out of state. Distance isn't really a huge deal to me."

It has been a busy spring for Sewell, who was in Las Vegas last month for the Badger 7 on 7 passing tournament and now is in the thick of track season.

"I just got back from a track meet in Pasco and I have another one this weekend," he said. "Track is going pretty well, the weather has held the times back a bit, but it is getting better."

Sewell, who took fifth in state in the 400 meters last season, sticks mostly to sprint events. He runs the 100m, 200m, 400m and both relays for the Bothell track team. Last year, as sophomore at O'Dea High, he turned in his career bests in the 100 (11.17 seconds) and 400 (50.00) at the Metro League Championships.

Even though Sewell has been busy with track it hasn't stopped college coaches from calling.

"I have been talking to a couple new schools," said Sewell. "Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State have been talking to me lately."

As a junior this past season, Sewell caught 44 passes for 1,058 yards and 12 TDs en route to all-league honors.

A video clip of Sewell during a recent track workout can be found here:

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