Four-star Saint George (Utah) Desert Hills offensive tackle Penei Sewell, the top player in the state of Utah in the 2018 class, has announced he is delaying his commitment decision. Sewell was set to announce today, and Oregon looked like the favorite for his services, before he posted on Twitter last night that he needs more time to make one of the biggest decisions of his life.
Thank You All, God Bless. pic.twitter.com/nWZnD9tH9K— Penei Sewell (@peneisewell58) December 20, 2017
Sewell is ranked No. 44 overall and the No. 3 offensive tackle in the country per the 247Sports Composite Ranking. Sewell is massive at 6’ 5”, 349 and has been dominant at the high school level, punishing defenders as a blocker for Desert Hills. There is no indication in his Tweet when he plans to sign. He could still sign during the Early Signing Period, which goes until Friday, or he could wait until Signing Day on Feb. 7. Sewell, a U.S. Army All-American, announced a top four he will be deciding between the Alabama Crimson Tide, Oregon Ducks, USC Trojans, and Utah Utes.
Sewell delaying his decision is not a bad thing for the hometown Utes as it seemed like Sewell was leaning towards Oregon prior to today. The last four-star in-state recruit that pushed a commitment decision past Signing Day (though it was not an early one) was Maxs Tupai, who ended up signing with the Utes. Sewell would be a monster for OBLOCK and could help build on the legacy of the group that sent four players to the NFL last year, including two local products: Garett Bolles and Isaac Asiata.