Decision Approaching for Sawyer
Foster Sawyer is a 6-foot-5, 205-pound pro-style quarterback that, in throwing for 2,815 yards and 31 touchdowns with only eight interceptions last season, has led All Saints to back-to-back Southwest Preparatory Conference titles and a 22-0 record the past two seasons, earning all-state honors. As a sophomore, he threw for 2,810 yards with 27 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Already on the radars of dozens of BCS programs, it was then that things really took off. With double-digit offers now to his name, Sawyer added Alabama Thursday. "I'm blessed to have every offer I have. Really, every school that's been at the top of my list since day one has offered. If another school comes by and we talk and I have a good feeling, I'll definitely consider them, but as of right now, I think I'm ready to make my decision." He lists Oklahoma State, Alabama and TCU as three he is heavily weighing. With TCU in his backyard of Fort Worth, Sawyer has visited the campus several times, once last month for junior day. He tripped to Alabama in November for an unofficial, and Oklahoma State just last weekend. "I'm going to go by TCU probably next week for practice, see all the coaches. That'll probably be my last visit before I decide." No exact decision date has yet been penciled in. He noted, "Here in a couple weeks." With a vast assortment of programs in front of him, and coaches like Nick Saban, Gary Patterson, Mike Gundy, Jim Mora and Hugh Freeze calling, how does a 17-year-old go about selecting? "It's a lot, especially for a private school kid with the academic load, but I'm truly blessed to be in this position. With something like this, you just pray about it. It's all in God's hands, not mine. And whenever I feel like I'm at peace with a school, then that's when I'll know. But as of right now, I'm still waiting to hear from the man upstairs." He has spent time dissecting and discussing it every which way with his parents. "They've said from the start, 'Dont fall in love too fast.' When we make these visits and meet with these coaches, don't let your emotions get the best of you - because once you put a ring on that finger, there's no going back, and that's my approach." A man of his commitment he is. A man beyond the gridiron is what he strives to be. "I'm looking for a program that will make me a better person, and put me in a role that I fit in to help their program, as well. I believe there's a life outside of football, and that's another thing that's big to me. I need a coaching staff that can look past the game of football and that care about their players. It's so hard because it seems all these coaches do, but you just never know, football can be taken away at any time." This is something longtime quarterbacks coach (former A&M arm) Kevin Murray has continuously preached. "He's definitely one of my go-to guys. I've been working with him for years," said Sawyer. "He doesn't persuade me to any particular college, he just gives me what he's been through, and says, 'Make sure you don't go to college for the logo. Make sure you go to the school that fits Foster Sawyer.' And that means a lot to me. He's been there, so he gets it." "He also tells me not to settle, whether that be in my decision or on the field. Don't ever settle for 'alright'." It's why the two meet multiple times a week, and why Sawyer has set aside baseball to focus in on his football future. "I'm in the weightroom a lot now, doing track workouts, but I had to give up baseball to rest my arm. Football's the route I want to go, so I wanted to put all my attention to it." "I'm just ready for the recruiting to be over," he continued. "I'm ready to just focus on school and on my senior year. Got to enjoy it while I can. You're only in high school once, so got to enjoy it while you can. Plus, we have a big year ahead. We have a lot of guys returning next season and things are looking promising. We want another ring." Two of these returners are fellow '14 stars and Texas commitments Demetrius Knox on the line and Daniel Gresham at running back. "Coach Murray and I are working on mechanics, just hammering them in. You can always get better with footwork and quick delivery, and on keeping the ball moving. You can always get bigger and stronger. I'm just making sure I'm a complete package, physically and mentally." Sawyer noted that he does not plan to have a public announcement, and that he will simply call the coach of choice with his pledge of commitment upon a decision. Keep it on FSNext for further details.