USC Football Recruiting: Penei Sewell postpones signing, names Top 4


Four-star offensive lineman Penei Sewell will not be signing early, pushing back his commitment date while naming a Top 4 on Twitter.

Early Signing Day Eve finished off with big news for big-time Utah offensive lineman Penei Sewell, who announced his intention to wait on signing his national letter of intent.

The four-star lineman took to Twitter saying, “After much time talking with my family, I have decided to postpone my signing till I am more certain about my decision.”

He also thanked the universities pursuing him and named a Top 4 of USC, Alabama, Oregon and Utah.

Sewell had previously listed a Nevada in his Top 5, but dropped the Wolfpack in this latest list.

The Trojans, Crimson Tide, Ducks and Utes will have to wait until February to see where Sewell’s signature will land. For the time being, Oregon holds a clear edge in Crystal Ball predictions from 247Sports.

Rated as the No. 44 player in the country and the top prospect from the state of Utah, Sewell projects as a guard at the college level with a massive frame at 6-foot-5, 349 pounds. He is the No. 3 guard in the class of 2018, per 247Sports.

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USC recruited a plethora of versatile tackles who could shift inside to play guard in the class of 2017, including Austin Jackson, Alijah Vera-Tucker and Jalen McKenzie. In fact, one of those players, Andrew Vorhees, has already locked down a starting role for the Trojans as a true freshman.

The Trojans have also secured commitments from two offensive linemen for the 2018 class, with center Justin Dedich and tackle Liam Douglass expected to sign their letters of intent to USC on Wednesday.

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However, there is still an effort to continue to restock the cupboard up front, particularly with the bulk of USC’s current offensive linemen entering the final years of their careers. Guard Viane Talamaivao will no longer be available next year while regardless of NFL decisions, Toa Lobendahn, Chris Brown, Jordan Austin and converted lineman Jacob Daniel each have just one year of eligibility remaining.