The Wyoming football program received a verbal commitment Sunday from Bothell, Wash., receiver Trent Sewell and defensive tackle Chase Appleby from Centennial High in Frisco, Texas.
Sewell is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds and runs a 4.43-second 40-yard dash. He is a three-star recruit out of five by Rivals.com and Scout.com. Rivals.com has Sewell as the eighth-best prospect in Washington this year, and the 85th-best receiver in the country.
Sewell had scholarships offers from Washington State and UCLA, but Washington State, according to Rivals, recently pulled its offer. A lot of big-time schools have shown interested in Sewell, including LSU, USC, Nebraska, Michigan and Notre Dame.
One recruiting website lists Appleby at 6-2, 275 pounds, and another has him at 6-foot, 270 pounds. He was a First Team All-District pick as a senior with 55 tackles. He bench-presses 340 pounds and squats 615. Baylor, Rice, SMU and TCU were listed by Scout.com as schools of interest.
Here is a highlight video of Appleby http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8l3N1QAoAk
This gives UW nine verbal commitments so far. NCAA rules prohibit coaches from talking about recruits until they’ve signed their national letters of intent.
Here is the list of verbal commitments:
DT Chase Appleby, 6-0, 270, Frisco, Texas (Centennial HS)
OL Christia Chamagua, 6-5, 285, Manvel, Texas (Manvel HS)
OL Jacob English, 6-6, 240, Beloit, Kan. (Beloit HS)
P Tim Gleeson, 6-3, 190, Melbourne, Australia
OL Walker Madden, 6-9, 270, Yucca Valley, Calif. (College of the Desert)
ATH Eric Nzeocha, 6-1, 210, Neusitz, Germany (Ansbach)
WR Trent Sewell, 6-2, 205, Bothell, Wash. (Bothell HS)
RB Evan Williams, 6-0, 190, Minneapolis, Minn. (Iowa Western CC)
DE Richard Winston, 6-4, 210, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS)
Wyoming practiced for about two hours Sunday in shoulder pads, helmets and shorts. It will practice in full pads Monday morning. That practice in full pads likely will be the team’s last prior to Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl against Temple.
Christensen said the uniform combination UW will wear in the bowl game will be a surprise, but hinted that it will be different than anything the team has used this season. Any guesses?
See Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle for my story on UW junior running back Alvester Alexander. Also see my second part of the Q&A I did with true freshman quarterback Brett Smith. And, senior linebacker Brian Hendricks will give us his thoughts on what happened Sunday as the team gets ready for the New Mexico Bowl. Hendricks will provide daily updates through the bowl game.