WSU to get official visit from Utah DB with Coug offer, Nephi Sewell

AFTER SUFFERING A scary season-ending injury in his first game last season, defensive back Nephi Sewell is itching to get the pads on next month. The Utah product holds a Washington State offer and said his passion for the game is what he and area recruiter Joe Salave’a often discuss. And it’s something they’ll take about in person later this year in Pullman.

Talk about overcoming adversity.

In his first game last season, Sewell indeed had his year cut way short as he suffered a disc fusion in his C4 and C5 vertebrae. 

After months of rehab, though, Powell got back on the field in mid June for an All-Poly camp, where Salave’a was present. Soon after, the WSU assistant had big news for him.

“I got the offer from Washington State right after the camp,” Sewell said. “I was really grateful because I wasn’t expecting to get any offers so soon after getting home. I know that my neck injury might scare some people, but they were the first school to pull the trigger after the camp. It really made my day.”

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The 5-10, 175-pounder holds tenders from Nevada, Dixie State, Weber State, Southern Utah and WSU, where he’ll be taking one of his five official visits. Sewell has been picking up the phone often since the All-Poly camp to chat up Salave'a.

“I’ve been speaking with Coach Salave’a almost daily,” Sewell said. “He checks up on me quite a bit through the week. He and I have a good relationship. Whenever we talk, he brings a lot of intensity. Everything he offers is pretty persuading.

“We’ve talked about me taking a visit to WSU and I’ll definitely be doing that. We haven’t set the date yet, but I know I’ll be taking an official there.”

Sewell added that the Cougs have no set position for where they envision him lining up at the Pac-12 level. They see him having potential at both cornerback and strong safety.

“Coach Salave’a likes that I have a nose for the ball,” Sewell said. “I’m a playmaker and I can bring the team up with a big play. 'Coach' likes how passionate I am about the game. He’s passionate too.” 

A decision for Sewell won’t be coming soon, as he said he is focusing more on his senior season and bouncing back from the injury he suffered last fall. 

Sewell is the older brother of four-star 2018 offensive tackle Penei Sewell. The 6-5, 285-pounder is ranked the No. 1 offensive tackle out West and the No. 7 OT in the country by The Cougs offered the junior prospect back on May 11. WSU then offered Nephi about six week later.

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