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

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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  • ATHENS Georgia football passed the test Saturday night, but just barely. Coach Kirby Smart and his Bulldogs surely need the bye week they are afforded this week after surviving Notre Dame by a 23-17 count at Sanford Stadium. It was a case of home field advantage trumping the so-called luck of the Irish. UGA fans were so loud that they triggered six motion penalties and forced Notre Dame to burn valuable timeouts. As for the 4-0 Bulldogs, they were often their own worst enemies, from muffed punts to tight ends running wide open. There will be a great deal of disparity where takes on this game are concerned, depending on if people consider Notre Dame a legitimate top 10 opponent, or revert back to the Irish's 30-3 CFP final score last season. The baseline here is that Notre Dame is indeed a Top 10 opponent, and certainly the best team Georgia will see until the month of November when a trip to Auburn is on tap. Another issue here is this looked like a game plan with personnel decisions that were made without regard to the first three games of the season. Quarterback (A) Jake Fromm was 20-of-26 passing for 187 yards and a touchdown, and once again he came through when afforded the opportunity to use tempo in UGA's version of the hurry-up. Fromm put the ball in tight windows and used his legs for two rushes that netted 15 yards. Once Fromm went downfield, the offense came to life, making one wonder why that isn't the approach from the onset. Running backs (B) Brian Herrien had the longest run of the night, a much-needed 16-yarder that sparked a key scoring drive in the second half. D'Andre Swift had 18 carries for 98 yards, including a highlight-worthy 10-yarder during which he leaped a player. Neither Swift (5.4) nor Herrien (5.2) were able to take over the game, however. Meanwhile, James Cook only got one carry and Zamir White and Kenny McIntosh didn't touch the ball. Receivers (A) Lawrence Cager was outstanding, likely playing himself into the 2020 NFL Draft with that 5-catch, 82-yard performance that included a gyrating TD grab that proved to be the difference in the game Demetris Robertson had 4 catches for 48 yards and Dominick Blaylock looked good (2-19) when afforded the opportunity. George Pickens, the most talented WR in the group, was only targeted twice. Eli Wolf is clearly the best TE target on the team and showed that again with a clutch third down grab. Offensive Line (B-) Notre Dame ranked 120th in the nation against the run, but you'd never know it by the way it held up against the Georgia offensive line. The Bulldogs averaged 4.6 yards per rush, but Jake Fromm saw more pressure than he'd seen all season and took one particularly nasty shot when Cade Mays got beat off the edge. Isiah Wilson's return for the third quarter provided a lift. Justin Shaffer filled in well, but he had a costly 15-yard personal foul. Defensive Line (A-) This much-maligned unit is starting to earn respect with its gritty and disciplined play his season. Notre Dame's run game was pretty much non-existent (3.3 yards per carry), and for all he talk on Ian Book UGA kept him contained for the most part. Georgia nearly made a goal-line stand thanks to the physical efforts of the Bulldogs' defensive line, which forced four downs inside the 5. Tyler Clark, Justin Young and Jordan Davis were warriors. Linebackers (A-) It was Tae Crowder's finest performance, as he came through with nine stops and the best open-field tackling performance of his career. Crowder had one of just three TFLs for the Bulldogs as well. Monty Rice had seven tackles including what appeared to be a bone-jarring hit on Book that had to leave a mark. Outside backers Nolan Smith and Jermaine Johnson were in hot pursuit of Book on the final play, forcing a scramble that limited the effectiveness of the final heave. Secondary (B-) J.R. Reed's late interception was the sort of veteran play he'll be looked to make in all the big games. Reed led the defense with 3 PBU and tied Richard LeCounte with seven tackles. The unit had to step up with Tyson Campbell out for the game and Eric Stokes missing from the second play until late in the fourth quarter with a leg injury. D.J. Daniel had 5 tackles at corner and provided mostly adequate coverage. Tyrique McGhee is another veteran who stepped up, repping at corner all week with Campbell out and not getting UGA beat. Special teams (D) If not for Rodrigo Blankenship's steady field goal kicks makes of 40, 31 and 43 this unit was a fail. Sophomore punter Jake Camarda performed like a nervous freshman, shanking two kicks at critical junctures at the start of the game (25 yards) and again at the end (27 yards). Tyler Simmons punt return muff at the 8 set up Notre Dame for it's only TD of the first half. The kick return game continues to disappoint despite all the big names in the group. Coaching (D+) Credit to Georgia for some halftime adjustments, because Notre Dame arrived with the better game plan and use of its personnel. The Irish coached to win and UGA coached not to lose, and nearly gave the game away in the fourth quarter (Alabama, anyone?). The Bulldogs reluctance to use tempo more often is curious considering Fromm's efficiency. The inability to account for the tight end (9-108) was mind-bogging. Cole Kmet was running wide open too many times. Some offensive personnel usage decisions will be worth reviewing. Overall (B) The fans can pat themselves on the back for helping to decide this game, as they bailed out the coaches on a night when the Georgia players battled their guts out against a determined Notre Dame football team. Smart needs to use the off week and review his big-game and fourth quarter philosophies. It could be a matter of the Bulldogs underestimating the Irish. Whatever, UGA appears a half-click off from performing at a championship level, and it's not a matter of player talent. DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Kirby Smart says Georgia got tested' in 23-17 win Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly: Physicality was real' Georgia football game ball goes to WR Lawrence Cager Stock report: Georgia has its ups and downs in win over Irish Recap: Georgia football holds on to beat Notre Dame, 23-17 Notre Dame injuries stop momentum, beg questions Vince Dooley showed mercy in previous Top 10 Athens matchup The post Georgia report card: Bulldogs overcome themselves in 23-17 win over Notre Dame appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will remember Saturday night's classic at Georgia as one of the most physical games he has personally witnessed. 'You could hear it out there, the physicality was real,' Kelly said. 'It was probably one of the most physical games that I have coached, against any team that I have competed against, and that's a lot of games that I've coached.' The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs held off Kelly's No. 7-ranked Fighting Irish, 23-17, before a record crowd of 93,246 at Sanford Stadium. Notre Dame outplayed Georgia in the first half, taking a 10-7 lead into intermission before the Bulldogs' depth took its toll. 'Up front, we're trying to match (personnel), and trying to figure out what's going to come on the field,' Kelly said, 'and it's 3-down (linemen) and it's 4-down and it's different personnel groupings. It's more depth than we've seen.' The Bulldogs' offensive line took its toll as well. Georgia rushed for 97 of its 152 yards on the ground in the second half. The Bulldogs, however, were unable to break a run longer than 16 yards against a Notre Dame defense that entered the night 120th in the nation against the run. 'We kind of knew what we had and what we needed to do in this game,' Kelly said. 'If you give Georgia the opportunity to run the football, you have no chance to win the game. 'The game plan was set that they were going to have some one-on-one shots on the perimeter, but the extra hat was going to be committed to the run. And they hit some one-on-one shots on the perimeter, but we had to be effective against the run, or we had no chance.' Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football game ball goes to WR Lawrence Cager Stock report: Georgia has its ups and downs in win over Irish Recap: Georgia football holds on to beat Notre Dame, 23-17 Notre Dame injuries stop momentum, beg questions Vince Dooley showed mercy in previous Top 10 Athens matchup The post WATCH Brian Kelly: Physicality was real' in 23-17 loss to Georgia appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia coach Kirby Smart learned something about his program on Saturday night, and it was very nearly a painful lesson. Smart and his No. 3-ranked Bulldogs escaped, pulling out a 23-17 win over Notre Dame. But not before the No. 7-ranked Irish (2-1) took UGA (4-0) down to the wire. The biggest home weekend in recent Georgia football history the first non-conference matchup of Top 10 teams since 1966 very nearly became the most disappointing. 'You don't know what's inside you in life or football until you get tested, and I thought we we got tested tonight, and found out a lot about our team,' Smart said, moments after his defense knocked down Ian Book's fourth down pass from the Georgia 37-yard line in the game's final moments. 'We're far from perfect, and we've got to get a lot better,' Smart said, 'but they'll fight you over and over again.' That's what it took against a physical and determined Fighting Irish team that came in seeking respect after being designated a two-touchdown underdog. Notre Dame took chances downfield from the onset. The Irish pierced Smart's defense repeatedly with tight end Cole Kmet, who had 9 catches for 108 yards and a TD. 'They were running boots, waggles, (and) that guy is a phenomenal player,' Smart said. 'You notice later in the game they tried to target him and we had two or three pass break-ups.' The Bulldogs also had two second-half interceptions and held the Irish without a third down in the third quarter. Georgia had star players step up, too. RELATED: WR Lawrence Cager steps up in clutch 'There were some really large hearts out there tonight,' Smart said. 'D'Andre Swift ran the ball with passion, guts and just relentless effort.' Swift had a career-high 18 carries for 98 yards and a TD, hurdling a Notre Dame player on a spectacular 10-yard run. 'The effort and leadership of a Jake Fromm, for him to third down scramble and take two hits and almost get a first down and manage the game really beautifully,' Smart said. 'And the defense to rise up and keep playing past a bunch of injuries, a couple injuries on the offensive line, I'm just proud of our guys.' Fromm was 20-of-26 passing for 187 yards passing and a TD, taking care of the football against was had been a very opportunistic Notre Dame football teams It was a beat-up Georgia team by the end of the night, several players pushing through injuries to help the Bulldogs pull out the win Cornerback Eric Stokes left the game with a leg injury on Notre Dame's second play, only to return late in the fourth quarter to help stem the Irish's comeback attempt. The Bulldogs lost starting left guard Solomon Kindley to a left ankle injury in the second quarter, triggering yet another shuffle on an offensive line that entered the night without Isaiah Wilson. Wilson came off the bench to start the second half, like Stokes, pushing through in a game where every play mattered. Indeed, even the crowd played a pivotal role. The Sanford Stadium record crowd of 93,246 triggered six Notre Dame motion penalties. 'I think when you get tested, you find out something about yourself inside,' Smart said. 'They had not been tested like that. They came out fighting.' Georgia football coach Kirby Smart DawgNation Georgia-Notre Dame Georgia football game ball goes to WR Lawrence Cager Stock report: Georgia has its ups and downs in win over Irish Recap: Georgia football holds on to beat Notre Dame, 23-17 Notre Dame injuries stop momentum, beg questions Vince Dooley showed mercy in previous Top 10 Athens matchup The post WATCH Kirby Smart: Georgia got tested' in 23-17 win over Notre Dame appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Here's something you can expect to happen a lot over the next 48 hours: No. 3-ranked UGA will be penalized and criticized by the national media because the Bulldogs didn't beat Notre Dame convincingly enough as the national media had predicted. Notre Dame will get more credit for losing a close game on the road rather than UGA will for actually winning a big game. Crazy, huh? ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit is arguably college football's top influencer, and he got the narrative rolling in the wee hours of Sunday morning when he tweeted out his top four. UGA dropped out of Herbstreit's top four last week, and they stayed that way this week despite the fact that Bulldogs had just defeated a top-10 opponent in No. 7 Notre Dame. But it was Herbstreit's next tweet that stirred up UGA fans where he focused more on Notre Dame's gaining 'national respect' for their 'willingness to play in a heavyweight brawl' on the road, as opposed to elongated praise for the Bulldogs for pulling out the clutch win, despite not playing at their best (Herbie did throw UGA a small bone with the 'great win' comment, if that counts for much). SO IMPRESSED by @NDFootball tonight!! Willingness to play in a heavyweight brawl. Battled and had a chance to win in the end. Did NOTHING to hurt their cause-only strengthened their position. Great win for @GeorgiaFootball but Irish on the road gained some national respect! Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 22, 2019 Herbstreit is one of the first college football influencers to spin that narrative, but he won't be the last within the next couple of days. For UGA, it's a tough position because the Bulldogs never said they would win big that was Las Vegas and the national media. The post Kirk Herbstreit leaves UGA out of his top 4 again, heavily praises Notre Dame appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATHENS Georgia receiver Lawrence Cager was ready and waiting after the Bulldogs turned QB Jake Fromm loose in the second half. Cager helped provide just enough offense in the second half for Georgia to beat Notre Dame 23-17. Cager's pivotal leaping TD grab in the corner of the end zone provided the Bulldogs with a 20-10 leads with 13:19 left in the game. Cager, a graduate transfer from Miami, helped key the touchdown drive with a leaping 36-yard catch four plays earlier. It was also Cager helping to keep the Bulldogs in the game in the first half, coming up with a contested 4-yard catch on a third-and-9. The reception sustained a 13-play, 75-yard TD drive that tied the game 7-7 in the second quarter. Cager finished with 5 catches for 82 yards and a TD. Safety Divaad Wilson made a good case for himself, as well. Wilson secured a momentum-turning interception in the third quarter and came up with a key PBU on third down. The post Georgia football game ball in 23-17 win over Notre Dame: WR Lawrence Cager appeared first on DawgNation.