UW football picks up two verbal commitments

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.

17 thoughts on “UW football picks up two verbal commitments

  1. I had heard the Pokes were going with the traditional combination. The two combos I’d like to see are brown helmet with gold bucking horses (no stripes of any kind), brown jerseys and gold britches. OR Traditional helmet, gold jerseys and white britches.

      • I like the State Flag embedded into the logo, that we had against CSU.

        Also liked the U.S. Flag logo too. Maybe one of each on the helmets? Along with the all brown look.

  2. Yesterday Joe Glenn was hired as the Head Coach for the University of South Dakota.. The thing most Poke fans miss about Joe was that he had a personality and he recruited Wyoming Players. If your the best player in the state of Wyoming like Jordan Roberts of Sheridan, and the head coach of UW does even recruit, then what does that say about the UW program. But Christensen did sign Brett Smith and that was significant, and that decision most likely saved some jobs.

    • I would be extremely disappointed if DC and his Co. overlooked homegrown Jordan Roberts – Gatorade Wyoming Football Player of year, rushed for 2,688, got 38 TD’s on 308 carries. He doesn’t get national spotlight because it is just a kid from a small town in Wyoming. A great coach with experience and resources like DC will develop and fill him in any small or big voids like punt receiver, etc. He reminds me of Wes Welker a lot because of his size, quickness and hard-working attitude (hence cowboy tough attitude, lol).

      If the football team has several talented homegrown players like Jordan, it is likely to attract more fans (families, friends, etc) to watch home games to root for the team.

      Another interesting fact – http://www.cowboyaltitude.com/2011/5/16/2173119/wyoming-is-the-fourth-best-state-at-producing-nfl-players

      • Jordan Roberts was ignored, and this seems to be the trend at UW. When there is no Wyoming players on the football team then the fan base and support will dry up. They don’t have to be starters, but this is Cowboy nation and it is obvious that there are two or or three players every year from Wyoming who dream of playing at UW and who are capable of playing Division 1. Christensen has done a great job this year, but Wyoming players should still be considered.

        • Since Christensen’s been here he signed Spencer Bruce from Gillette and Drew Martinez from Green River. Martinez quit.

          Austin Woodward walked on then quit. Andrew Meredith from Green River is playing on special teams, and Christensen put Patrick Hartford from Rock Springs on scholarship when he was a walk-on under the former staff.

          I always like to see Wyoming kids play football and do well. But I’m not going to buy the fact this staff doesn’t consider Wyoming kids.


          • You got be kidding ,,,,,right?

            most people were aware that Martinez was a long shot. What they didn’t expect was that Christensen only offered another Gatorade player of the year, Austin Woodward the opportunity to walk on. This was absurd, He produced a 250 pound linebacker and then offered him the position of a 2nd string punter. Wyoming players are not being considered…

  3. Settle down Clint, there are numerous things Christensen can and should be criticized for but talent evaluation is not one of them. In my opinion the talent level of the Cowboys this staff is recruiting is much higher than what JG recruited. I am sure if there are Wyoming kids that can help us this staff will go after them. The premise that they wouldn’t recruit kids because they are from Wyoming is ridiculous. Please support your argument with examples of Wyoming kids not recruited by this staff that are playing Div. 1 ball for other schools. if they could play for us shouldn’t they be playing somewhere?

    • Clint,

      This fiasco is just like the talk w/ Shyatt and the Bailey conversation. It’s mute, carries no weight and just is preposterous. Big Dave will go after players that can offer contribution on the practice field and in games. This team has vastly improved it’s prospects to contend in the Mountain West. As a matter of fact, we may be odds on favorites to win the conference next year. Wyoming recruits will be considered, if they meet that criteria of contribution and performance. If not I would dare to say they may be offered a walk on opportunity. As may be the case with the mentioned RB, the ball is moving towards the endzone. Lets be together in positive conversation and winning our first MWC championship. Go Pokes, hammer the Owls. Nice job Jimmy J. (no relation)

  4. I am all aboard …Christensen has done a great job as a coach and in out of state recruiting. But one a year for Wyoming prospects who want to play at UW is suspect. I will always support the University and their teams no matter what state they come from. However in Montana, they do pursue the best players from Montana,

    • Montana is not FBS, even though its good. And, just because Roberts isn’t committed doesn’t mean he’s not being recruited by UW. And, we don’t know for sure he even wants to come to UW. Lots can still happen with this.


  5. I’ve actually heard Roberts say he wants to play at UW, but that, at the time, he was getting little actual interest from FBS schools.

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