by Taylor Barton
At NEI, we don’t read about a recruit committing to a school on another website then write that story on ours and claim we’re bringing breaking news. We’ll leave that to the sites that charge money and need to try to keep up appearances. Instead, we receive calls from kids who inform us 1st that they’ve been offered to, or committed to a school.
In another breaking story brought to you exclusively by NEI, Trent Sewell has given his verbal commitment to the University of Wyoming Cowboys. The 6’2” 195lb WR from Bothell High School in Bothell, Washington called to inform us he committed while on his official recruiting visit this weekend. “I’m really excited about this decision.” He said by phone while still on his visit in Laramie Saturday night. “It’s a great program, great staff, and I really like the guys on the team that I’ve met.” One of those future teammates he met was Bret Smith, his official host for the weekend. Bret is the starting QB at Wyoming and former West Salem Titan standout. Bret started the entire season as a true Freshman, and was recently voted to the Freshman All American Team. The fact that the Cowboy staff had someone of Bret’s status host Trent shows how valuable of a commodity they think he is. “Trent is big time and I believe he can come in and compete right away for a starting position.” Said Smith, also by phone.
The recruiting process has been a roller coaster ride for Sewell. He was offered scholarships by Washington State and UCLA as early as his sophomore year. He toured the entire country attending different camps and combines over the off season. He was named WR MVP at the FBU summer camp in Virginia, as well as Co-MVP as a WR at the Barton Premiere Marketing Event in July attended by over 400 of the region’s top prospects. That was the high part of the roller coaster. “The Barton Event in the summer was amazing, I recommend every underclassmen to attend it next year. All the best players in the northwest were there at every position. To compete with the best WR’s and QB’s and against the best DB’s and be named an MVP showed everyone what I was truly capable of.” However, Trent was informed just before season that both WSU and UCLA received commits and no longer had scholarships available for him. Enter the low part of the ride. Despite the disappointing news, Trent showed the character that those closest to him have always known he has. He kept working and improving, and dominated on the field each and every week during his senior season. It eventually led to a full scholarship offer by the coaches at the University of Wyoming, at one point ranked #24 in the BCS this year. Wyoming is a great program and it’s on the rise. They are also a young football team, with many of their key players either freshman or sophomores. That includes Bret Smith, a Freshman All American who Sewell knows will be able to get him the ball. “I’m excited that the coaches want me to come in and play right away. I also love the fact that I know who my Quarterback will be while I’m there. We hit it off great on my visit and even started talking about working out together in the off season whenever he’s home.”
This couldn’t have happened to a nicer kid and family. Trent lives with his legal guardian and Uncle, Colan Sewell. They both committed from early in Trent’s career to do whatever was necessary to help him reach his dreams. It hasn’t always been easy, but in the end it was worth it. Trent’s journey is one so commonly seen on the recruiting circuit. He’s a great example to kids and families out there that are frustrated and feel like giving up. Trent had a dream, kept working hard, and continued to say and do the right things. It took longer than he’d have liked, but ultimately it worked out. And it all culminated this weekend with his accepting an offer to go play college football and get a great education paid for at a Division 1 school. Enjoy this time Sewell family, you’ve earned it.