Speedy LB Discusses Decision

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Comments from Virginia head coach Al Groh were a big factor in the commitment of Trenton Central (Trenton, N.J.) star linebacker recruit Almondo Sewell . Sewell committed during Saturday’s blue-chip day.

“It was what coach Al Groh said,” Sewell said. “He said he wants the best linebackers who are willing to play team football and willing to do anything to win. He said they want players who aren’t shy of contact and who want to go up in the holes and bust it up. I’m that type of player.”

Sewell plays one of the inside linebacker spots for Trenton Central, which implemented a 3-4 defense of its own last season. He adapted very well to the new position and finished with 92 tackles on the year, including 35 solo efforts and one sack. A running back in the wing-T offense, he rushed for 765 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The 6-2, 235-pound Sewell is a physical player with excellent speed.

“I play [inside] linebacker,” Sewell said. “I’m not shy of contact. I’d rather have a lot of contact then just run around. I run a 4.5 [in the 40]. I was timed in track and timed at school, too. I do indoor track and I ran a 6.7 in the 55 meters.”

UVa defensive coordinator Al Golden was the first coach to come in last month to evaluate Sewell. “They’ve been showing a lot of interest in me ever since,” said Sewell.

Oklahoma, Rutgers and Syracuse were among the other programs showing interest in the talented linebacker. The Scarlet Knights and the Orange were both very close to offering written scholarships.

“You name it and they were probably there (laughs),” Sewell said of the schools that visited Trenton Central last month. He was hoping to make an early decision. “A lot of coaches came to our school. I have other schools interested, but Virginia is my #1 choice and that’s where I want to go.”

A good student, Sewell claims a 3.0 grade point average. He wants to major in Law Enforcement.

In addition to football and track, Sewell plays baseball as well. A right-fielder, he batted .375 with five homers this past season. Football is the only sport he will play on the next level.

Blue-Chip Day…

Sewell made the trip with his father, who was excited about his son’s decision.

“He thinks it’s a good school and that’s where he wanted me to go, too,” said Sewell, who plans to return to UVa this summer for camp.

What was Sewell’s overall impression of the event