UTAH LINE­MAN’S FAM­ILY brim­ming with foot­ball tal­ent.

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SPORTS - RICHARD DAVEN­PORT

Of­fen­sive line­man Penei Sewell, who is be­ing re­cruited by Ar­kan­sas, comes from a fam­ily loaded with foot­ball tal­ent and he cred­its his older brothers for much of his suc­cess.

Gabriel Sewell Jr. plays line­backer at Ne­vada, while Nephi is a fresh­man de­fen­sive back for the Wolf­pack.

“It all started with my older brother Gabriel,” Penei Sewell said. “He set a big plat­form for me and my brothers, and then after him my other older brother Nephi, he set it big­ger. Then when it came to me, I just had the best op­por­tu­nity. Shoutout to them for help­ing make it hap­pen for me. The only rea­son I’m here to­day is be­cause of them.”

Sewell, 6-4, 320 pounds, of St. George (Utah) Desert Hills, was one of the stand­outs dur­ing the three days at The Open­ing event at Nike Head­quar­ters on July 1-3. ESPN rates him the No. 7 of­fen­sive guard and No. 148 over­all prospect in the na­tion.

His younger brother Noah also at­tends Desert Hills and is a sopho­more line­backer with sev­eral schol­ar­ship of­fers.

Penei ad­mits he and his brothers of­ten did what boys do and played rough in the house while also bond­ing.

“All that rough­hous­ing,” Sewell said. “It was kind of cre­at­ing-a-bond fight­ing. Kind of gets you closer, I guess. I don’t know if that makes sense. Tough love.”

He said the fight­ing and wrestling tested his par­ents.

“They we’re like, ‘Why not get along?’” Sewell said.

Sewell, who vis­ited the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas, Fayetteville in May and is con­sid­er­ing the Hogs for an of­fi­cial visit in the fall, said he en­joys be­ing from a close-knit fam­ily.

“Oh yeah, we’re all so close over the years. We’re brothers,” Sewell said. “We all just have fun with each other. There’s no bond stronger than brother­hood.”

A fam­ily at­mos­phere will also play a big role in where he at­tends col­lege, he said.

“I want to see the play­ers and see if I can fit in with them and feel at home,” he said.

READY TO DE­CIDE

Ash­down cor­ner­back LaDar­rius Bishop, 6-0, 190, is ex­pected to an­nounce his col­lege de­ci­sion Satur­day at 2 p.m.

He re­leased his top five of Ar­kan­sas, Mis­sis­sippi State, Iowa State, Ok­la­homa State and Mem­phis on June 8, but now will de­cide be­tween the Ra­zor­backs, Bull­dogs and Cow­boys.

Bishop, who recorded a time of 4.35 sec­onds in the 40-yard dash at a Mis­sis­sippi State camp in June, is the cousin of Ar­kan­sas signee and former Ash­down safety Mon­taric Brown.

AN­OTHER BECK

Ar­kan­sas women’s bas­ket­ball coach Mike Neigh­bors was the first to ex­tend a schol­ar­ship of­fer to sopho­more guard Co­riah Beck of Fayetteville on Thurs­day.

Beck, 5-9, is the daugh­ter of former Ar­kan­sas guard Corey Beck, who helped lead the Hogs to the 1994 men’s na­tional cham­pi­onship. She av­er­aged 15 points, six re­bounds, three as­sists and three steals per game for Fayetteville’s fresh­man team last sea­son.

CHANGE OF PLANS

Ar­kan­sas foot­ball tar­get Mau­reese Wren was plan­ning to visit Fayetteville to­day, but will in­stead make the trip July 24.

The Hogs ex­tended a schol­ar­ship of­fer to him June 19. He could play out­side line­backer or safety for the Ra­zor­backs.

Wren, 6-4, 216, of Mesquite (Texas) Horn, has 19 other schol­ar­ship of­fers, in­clud­ing ones from Mis­souri, Bay­lor, Colorado, Wash­ing­ton and Utah. He’s good friends with Ra­zor­backs de­fen­sive back Tan­ner McCal­is­ter, who played at Rock­wall (Texas) Rock­wall-Heath High School.

Run­ning backs coach Reg­gie Mitchell is Wren’s lead re­cruiter at Ar­kan­sas.

E-mail Richard Daven­port at rdav­en­port@arkansason­line.com

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