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Gabriel Sewell on Noah Sewell: A father’s take on the elite LB’s process
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Gabriel Sewell on Noah Sewell: A father’s take on the elite LB’s process

Gabriel Sewell on Noah Sewell: A father’s take on the elite LB’s process

Gabriel Sewell on Noah Sewell: A father’s take on the elite LB’s process

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That's what the Intel brings. The play sheet today calls for an interesting conversation with the father of elite ILB target Noah Sewell.

FRISCO, Tex. Gabriel Sewell is a father to not just Noah Sewell, but three other boys in college football right now.

That's 6-foot-5 Penei Sewell. He was rated as the nation's No. 2 OG prospect in 2019 before he signed with Oregon. Nephi Sewell, another son, signed with Utah as a 2-star safety in 2017. Gabe Sewell, a 3-star LB in 2015, will be a senior at Nevada this fall.

None of those boys could cover ground like Noah. The 266-pounder has unique abilities on a football field. He was able to time the pro agility drill in 4.13 seconds last week at The Opening finals in Texas. Let's look at a couple of Georgia targets or recent signees in that test as a means of comparison.

  • Freshman WR (and former 4-star) Dominick Blaylock: 4.00 seconds
  • Freshman ILB (and former 5-star) Nakobe Dean: 4.01 seconds
  • 4-star 2020 CB commitment Jalen Kimber: 4.03 seconds
  • Freshman OLB (and former 5-star) Nolan Smith: 4.08 seconds
  • 4-star 2020 RB target Tank Bigsby: 4.34 seconds

Sewell, who rates as the nation's No. 4 ATH and No. 43 overall prospect, is an athletic marvel with a tractor beam in his sternum to the football. It was a rare sight seeing him field punts one-handed while cradling a ball in his other hand at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge event last month.

His father says that his athleticism is not the only thing folks down here in Georgia need to know.

"My oldest one he's all business," Gabriel Sewell said. "Focused. Clearly focused and whatnot. The next one is special in and of himself. Penei was always kind of too himself and whatnot. But then there's Noah."

"Noah, I tell you, I think he should go into public relations. I have people who always ask me Will he go far?' and I tell them I could drop him off in Alaska and he'd be making friends with the chief of any Native American tribe fast and be fine with it. He is unique in that way."

Sewell has set three of his official visits thus far: Georgia, Oregon and Texas A&M. He told DawgNation out in Texas that he will establish a top 8 on his father's birthday. That will be July 28. Sewell then hopes to trim that down to a top 5 by the halfway mark of his senior season.

The commitment, he feels, should be in by the end of his senior season.

"I want to take my official visits during the season and go see the games," Noah Sewell said.

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Noah Sewell: Growing up Sewell

The Sewell brothers tell their own story. This family of athletes has shaped one another. Of course, they picked on or toughened up young Noah on his way up.

"Aw, man," Gabriel Sewell says being sure to draw out that last word. "He used to get whuuuuuped. But then he had to do what he had to do in that mix to survive."

They did turn the living room into an improvised steel cage match minus the steel. Iron sharpens iron, right? In this case, it is Sewell sharpens Sewell.

"As far as Noah and his physical skill set, I think he is a combination of all of his brothers."

That might be the best description yet for a player who catches punts one-handed while holding a ball with favored clips of hurdling dudes on his highlight tape.

Part Linebacker. Part Tackle. Part Safety. That's the recipe here for Noah Sewell.

"Maybe he got so fast by running along with and then running away from his brothers coming," his father said. "You know? Maybe sink or swim."

Sewell can definitely swim.

When I saw receivers flood the zone he dropped into during the 7-on-7 tournament at The Opening finals, he'd give them an elbow. Or a bump. There was this one time where he leveled a guy and put him on the ground with an "excuse me" shrug.

Jalen Kimber, the UGA commit, provides a vivid detail. They were on the same "Savages" team which won that tournament out at The Star in Frisco.

"The guys on the other side started to tell us to tell Noah to stop hitting them," Kimber said.

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Gabriel Sewell on Noah Sewell: A father’s take on the elite LB’s process

Do the Bulldogs have a chance with Noah Sewell?

It certainly appears to me like the Bulldogs would be well-served to look around their ILB room and hunker down to sign just one ILB in this class. That room is stocked with athletes and future Sunday players.

But they don't have a young man quite like Sewell in that red and black.

There's the thinking around the recruiting trail that it will be hard to sign Sewell. That is because players of Polynesian descent like Sewell tend to go play where there are other Polynesians.

Sewell won't look to follow that path. Remember what Gabriel Sewell said in a paragraph north of these words on this page? Alaska? He could be dropped off and be ready to run for Mayor of a small fishing village in a week?

He does look at that. But he makes it sound like an opportunity. Not a reason why not to choose Georgia.

"A little bit," Noah Sewell said. "Just trying to get more Polynesians out east. I mean you rarely hear it. There's one at LSU. Breiden Fehoko and then there's just their new one. Siaka "Apu" Ika. That just committed to LSU. I mean they're really changing the game out there. They're really setting a platform for us Polynesian boys to really succeed on."

His father expanded on that topic. Quite considerably.

Noah doesn't have to see other Polynesian players at Georgia to truly consider the school.

"That's not an issue for him," Gabriel Sewell said. "That's not an issue for us. We've always tried to encourage our kids to get out of their comfort zone. Be uncomfortable. I believe that's where true progress always happens when you are tested so to speak. Like I said earlier [in regard to public relations] he'd be okay wherever he went. We'd be okay with it."

"There are a lot of people who have him pegged to go to Oregon. Even though they are high on his board at the end of the day we keep telling him Your brothers will be your brothers no matter what logo is on the side of the helmet. So you do what's best for you. You make that decision or choice. You make your choice based on what you believe is best for you. I think success is predicated on you being happy where you are at and you doing what you are doing where you are at."

When did Georgia join the chase for Noah Sewell?

This recruiting chance with Sewell began in the spring. That's when he was visited by defensive coordinator Dan Lanning and ILBs coach Glenn Schumann.

"That really surprised me," Noah Sewell said. "That they got [that far] out of their way just to come to see me."

Georgia then picked up an unofficial visit last month. Sewell got to see what that ILB room is like.

"I really like it," Sewell said. "It is really a brotherhood in the linebacker room. They are all really comfortable with each other. Every activity they do they bring everybody. Even the walk-ons."

That was a big unofficial.

"When we got there we didn't really know what to expect," Gabriel Sewell said. "But it really blew us out of the water. It exceeded any and all expectations we went in having. Because again we had never been to Georgia. Didn't know anyone on the coaching staff."

"The coaching staff was great. The area was great. We enjoyed the people in the people in the building. Which was probably the most important thing for Noah."

Sewell's dream is to play at ILB. It sounds like they both want to play him at ILB and OLB. His unique skills set allows him to do that.

Will Kirby Smart have to step in and settle this matter. The message there is a lot simpler than that.

"Come," Gabriel Sewell said in relation to Smart's message. "Come. He says come. Come."

His father believes that Noah will make his college decision based on feel.

"Although academics are going to be important to him it is going to be about the people in the building and where those people are taking that program and how well of a ride he's going to go on."

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The other novel things to know about Noah Sewell

His father is the spokesman of sorts for all things on Noah. But he's simply that. The public relations guy right now for his son. The son who he feels has a future in public relations, too.

"We're letting him drive the bus," Gabriel Sewell said. "He's earned the right to kind of sit in the driver's seat with his recruiting process."

Those three officials are the only ones that he has locked in. That shows how far the Bulldogs have progressed since that spring practice trip out to Utah.

"I'd advised him we are not going to use an official visit on someone who is not going to be a contender," Gabriel Sewell said. "I don't think that's respectful to the program, the coaches or to himself. It is not a good way to use his time when he could be actually looking into something he is really interested in."

"So as far as that question, yeah, Georgia is pretty up there for him."

The Sewell family is hoping to use that official visit for the Notre Dame game.

This is an interesting young man. From an interesting family. He has a game and an athletic set that is someone that this correspondent simply does not see a lot on the recruiting trail. If at all.

Georgia has certainly never recruited a player like Sewell before. Not with that size and speed and overall short-space quickness and elite athleticism.

It is too simplistic to say he plays like a 260-pound future NFL Hall of Famer in Troy Polamalu. When that topic came up, his father had a very old school answer.

He thought of an SEC legend that racked up eight sacks in a single game for Alabama.

"I'd like to say an old school Derrick Thomas there," his father said. "But he came off the edge. But he's a bigger back than that. With some wheels. Who can move."

Sewell is just 17. He is beginning to shed off a lot of that baby fat that most athletes do. Especially on a 260-pound frame. The ideal college weight for an ILB here might be 250-255 pounds.

It is hard to imagine him getting even quicker. But he can do that. It seems possible with an elite college program that will maximize his fitness and nutrition along with his overall strength and conditioning.

This is also an interesting kid off the field. He likes to dabble in music. Sewell will play the piano and even the ukelele a little bit.

"He messes around with it," Gabriel Sewell said. "Noah likes to draw. Likes a lot of that you know how they do that with edits and something like that, too. He likes to work on things like that aside from just football."


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It needs to be screens, it needs to be finding ways to get him the ball he's the best back in the country in space.' Pollack also said Fromm, the first quarterback since Florida's Danny Wuerffel to lead his team to three straight SEC title game appearances, is 'not playing his best football' this season. Here's more from Pollack's Q&A on Friday: Can Georgia hold LSU's offense? POLLACK: Define hold?Kirby and Company are going to have to check their egos at the door and understand that from 20 to 20, have all the yards you want, make it a slow death, and then make them be really efficient in the red zone and kick field goals. I don't think anybody can stop this offense. I think Joe Burrow is operating on a level that, his worst game is 71 percent, I think. It's not human. It's an offense where it has great answers for everything you do and great weapons and a running game. And not only that, there's a quarterback who buys time and scrambles and breaks tackles and makes big plays. There are gonna get theirs, and Jake is going to have to play really well. What would you say to Georgia fans who have had questions about the Bulldogs' offense? POLLACK: You should. I Tweeted about being excited about old school versus new school, because it used to be defense wins championships. I don't think it's defense wins championships anymore. I think you have to have a great offense to win a college football championship, and the game has changed so much. We'll get to see if old school defense can still reign supreme. This is a Big 12 offense. This is not an offense that reinvented and does new amazing things that nobody else does. It's just an offense that has answers that spread out so it can throw the football to a lot of different weapons. They are gonna get theirs.' What role do you think Jake Fromm plays for Georgia's offense? POLLACK: He's not playing his best football. I can look at him and watch him, his mechanics need to improve. He's fading away throwing the football way too much. That's the kind of stuff for a three-year starter, where you can't do that. He's definitely culpable. He's missed a lot of throws that are wide open. I think the system and the scheme is getting to know each other still and hasn't really clicked together great yet, and it needs to do that this week. It will change a little bit more. It has done well at times, but it hasn't put together a complete game and it needs to do that.' The SEC West has had three teams in three years, Georgia has won three straight in the East, what does that say? POLLACK: Florida is doing OK. Florida is back to back 10 win seasons for the first time since 2008, so Florida is doing their share and doing well But Georgia is three times in a row here, that's pretty dad gum good. If you had told Georgia fans that when Kirby got hired, they would have said sign me up for that. How about three straight years ending where you're in the conversation for the college football playoff? That's pretty dad gum good. It's still a pretty good young team, that's not going to lose much on defense, offensive line who leaves early? Who leaves early, Swift will leave early. When he leaves, how many leave will be the better questions. So it shows a lot about Kirby and how he has been able to recruit and restore. What is the trick about this LSU offense that has made it that unstoppable? POLLACK: 'There ain't no trick, Bro. It's not a trick, they know how to execute, they know exactly if you blitz them, they have their answers, and if you want to play Cover One they are going to hit deep overs and they are going to hit fades, and gos they do a good job if you are going to pay dime and nickel they are going to run duos all day and run the football at you. They do a really good job of knowing how to attack every level of a defense. The offense (once) trended toward Golden State, it was threes and dunks, it was gos and screens and they do a good job with their mid-range and attack. They do everything well. That's why it's hard to say I'm going to take this away, or that away. Every time you do, they have an answer for it. I think Kirby, as brilliant as he is defensively, can up with something to make a few plays. Tua (Tagovailoa) last year had a roll going coming into the Dome, and cooled off big time, got hurt too. It's what can you find that can slow them down for a possession and you win. Auburn tried the tower approach tried to go with three down and bring in a bunch of speed, it kind of worked, but what can you bring in and slow down just for a little bit, and hold the rope and hopefully your offense makes plays and hold the ball a little bit and works together. Could Coach Orgeron win Coach of the POLLACK: Year? POLLACK: In the league, or nationally? 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LSU's Grant Delpit says he's close to 100 percent, is that what you've seen on film from him? POLLACK: I'm trying to measure my words here. He hasn't had his best year, this year. I think the secondary on a whole, you see a ton of talent, but you've also see more big plays than you're accustomed to seeing, more missed tackles than you're accustomed to seeing. Yeah, they are getting healthier, but they've got to play better. That's why Ohio State is No. 1. You can nitpick and say Cincinnati is a Top 25 team, or whatever, Ohio State has been more dominant, their defense has been more dominant. That's the difference between LSU and Ohio State. I could also swing the pendulum and say who has Ohio State played offensively that's any good? Even Cincinnati is not very good, Penn State is not very good, Wisconsin's offense, those all leave a lot to be desired. Michigan is a pretty good, and had some success. I think defensively it's very interesting we are sitting on championship weekend and we're pointing the finger at LSU and it's at their defense.' How important is it for Georgia to keep Joe Burrow in the pocket? POLLACK: 'I don't know, it doesn't matter. You better cover really well, and you better get him to the ground. I don't care about where you keep him, when you get your hands on him, you got to get him to the ground. He's strong, he's physical, but he's so dad gum tough. He doesn't give up. He's not like a Manning back in the day, you saw people get close to them, they would kind of take a dive. That's not a shot at them, but Joe Burrow is going to physically go through anybody he needs to. When he runs the football, he lowers his shoulder, he's going to make plays. So when Georgia gets here, whoever that is, get your hands on him and get him to the ground. I think another key will be batted passes. You want to take away some of those throws over the middle, when I'm a pass rusher and I know I can't get to the QB, I get my hands up and knock the ball down. Now maybe it's second-and-10 and you've got a better chance.' Is this game important to determine if Georgia has the right offensive identity? POLLACK: 'We'll see. I think that it's pretty proven now that offenses win, and you have to score. You have to win a championship game, a playoff game and another playoff game to be a champion. And to do that, you're going to play offensive juggernauts, and you better be able to score points. If you can't score points, and you can't be an explosive offense, it's very hard to win that many games in a row. It's like the NFL being in the playoffs, and you have to string three together, that's a tough thing to do.' #Georgia has named Jake Fromm, J.R. Reed and D'Andre Swift as game captains seemingly a good indication that Swift (shoulder) will play, although.. 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  • Former SEC quarterbacks and current SEC Network analysts D.J. Shockley and Tim Tebow probably don't agree on much after all, they were on opposite sides in the 'World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party' rival with Shockley attending Georgia and Tebow playing at Florida. But Shockley and Tebow concur on one thing that the Bulldogs should turn it loose with UGA quarterback Jake Fromm in the SEC Championship game. 'In this game, you've got to let it all hang out. You don't get another opportunity like this, to be in a ballgame like this, playing in a game that everybody in the country is looking at,' Shockley said at the East Atlanta Kids Club charity event on Thursday. 'I think he's just got to trust those guys and play within himself. Do what he does as far as letting it fly.' Both Fromm and UGA offensive coordinator James Coley have shared the majority of blame for the team's offensive words, but both Shockley and Tebow brought up other issues. Both ESPN analysts cited Georgia wide receiver core as a reason for Fromm's statistical dip in 2019. Senior Lawrence Cager has been terrific, but he's been in and out of the lineup since the middle of October and won't be playing against No. 1 LSU in the SEC Championship Game. While freshman George Pickens has shown flashes of brilliance as well, he won't be playing in the first half of Saturday's game either because of an ejection against Georgia Tech last week. That puts Fromm in a difficult spot against LSU. Regardless of who is playing receiver, though, Shockley says Fromm needs to trust those young guys,' and Georgia must spread it out' and let Fromm go. Tebow said that Fromm is 'going through his reads' and 'playing well' this season. He also added that not just Georgia's receivers, but Fromm's entire offensive cast needs to be better. 'I don't know that it's necessarily Jake (Fromm) getting his groove back, I think it's the support. I think it's the receivers winning in man-to-man coverage, being able to get more of a running game going, being able to support him,' Tebow said Thursday. 'Fromm has been a lot better in big games that people give him credit for. He hasn't had the numbers this year, and there's the criticism. I hear it, but if you really watch him play, he needs some receivers to step up.' Shockley and Tebow both volunteered as part of the 'SEC Good Works Day of Service' at the East Atlanta Kids Club charity event Thursday in Atlanta. The project was designed to improve indoor and outdoor facilities in Brownwood Park Recreation Center. 'We have an opportunity to come out here with AllState and have a big part of putting a community together, helping kids, and kind of rejuvenating a certain park or area, and the opportunity today to come out here and do that is pretty tremendous,' Shockley said. 'We'll get to see some kids later on today. We're putting the work in now, early in the morning, early afternoon, and then kids come out in the afternoon and see all the hard work, and it makes their day full of joy. It's definitely one of the more enjoyable times of year.' The post DJ Shockley: UGA needs to allow Jake Fromm let it all hang out' appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA Kirby Smart said the expectation at Georgia was to be back back at the SEC Championship Game for a third straight season, but by no means is it taken for granted. 'I'm excited to be here because I love the venue and the opportunity to play in it,' Smart said Friday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 'It means you accomplished something and won your division, you don't ever take that for granted. 'It's earned, it's not something we take lightly or for granted, it's something we expected to do, and we're going to always set that as a bar, because this is where you go to take the next step.' The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs (11-1) are a touchdown underdog against No. 2 LSU (12-0) in the 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Tigers feature Heisman Trophy front runner Joe Burrow along with two 1,000-yard receivers. 'They've broke about every record there is in the SEC, and I know our guys are excited,' Smart said. 'It will be a challenge for us.' LSU beat Georgia 36-16 last season in Baton Rouge, but Smart said the Tigers' offense has undergone a complete makeover. 'It's extremely different, you can see remnants, small elements, but the unique thing now is they are doing whatever they want to do,' Smart said. 'Last year they were a little bit more predictable and had more of a run element.' Georgia's offense, meanwhile, is largely the same. The Bulldogs look to be efficient throwing the football and feature a power element on the ground. Smart didn't offer much of an update on tailback D'Andre Swift, who left last Saturday's game with a shoulder injury but hasn't missed any practice time. 'It's hard to measure from practice, because at this point of the season you don't go live and hit,' Smart said. 'He's practiced and done everything we asked him to do.' LSU coach Ed Orgeron said the Tigers expect to see Swift. 'We're planning for him to play,' Orgeron said on Friday. 'Just like other great players we play, I'm assuming this guy is a great competitor, and I'm assuming he's going to play.' Smart said he's confident his team can handle playing on the big stage 'In the SEC, these games are championship games every week,because if you don't win them, you're not in the championship game,' Smart said. 'It's another week you have to go out and play, and you're playing the best from the other side in LSU.' Georgia football DawgNation Kirby Smart compares Jake Fromm to Tim Tebow CBS analyst Gary Danielson says key for Georgia not Jake Fromm 7 Georgia players to watch vs. LSU Why D'Andre Swift is the most important player for UGA vs. LSU LSU coach Ed Orgeron brings great confidence into matchup Georgia aware of Tigers dangerous running back Kirby Smart relays how LSU represents greatest challenge James Cook could provide offensive spark vs. LSU Statistical comparison of Georgia-LSU in SEC title game VIDEO: Kirby Smart shares feelings on George Pickens WATCH: Jake Fromm zeroes in on LSU The post Georgia coach Kirby Smart: SEC Championship Game an expectation, but not taken for granted appeared first on DawgNation.