5-star OT Foster Sarell Still Keeping Options Open

July 12 -- Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin offensive tackle Foster Sarell talked about the schools after him the hardest and others he's still considering from The Opening Finals in Beaverton...

Evaluation Notes:

Graham (Wash.) Kapowsin offensive tackle Foster Sarell is the No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2017 class and looks like a college lineman right now.  He's been outstanding this week at The Opening, making the Final Five and has been the most dominant lineman here.  He's a natural tackle with great feet and athleticism with technique and strength to go along with it.  His footwork is what you see in next level lineman, a tribute to his basketball background.

Programs Mentioned in Video:

Stanford, Notre Dame, Washington, Michigan, UCLA, Alabama and Nebraska

http://www.scout.com/player/183469-foster-sarell

TRANSCRIPT

Brandon Huffman:

I’m here with the nation’s #1 offensive tackle, and in contention for maybe the #1 overall prospect in the country. Foster Sarell, you know, you came up, and we’ve talked a bunch about you coming to the opening and what you want to prove. And I think you proved this week that you’re not only the best lineman, but potentially the top overall prospect. Rate your performance this week.

Foster Sarell:

Yeah, that’s a heavy question. I think this week has just been a great opportunity for myself to be a better man and a better football player. I think I had a good week; I’m pretty proud of myself for how I handled the one-on-ones. Mostly the teach has been amazing. I mean, it’s been an unreal experience.

Brandon Huffman:

Did you surpass expectations for yourself with how you performed?

Foster Sarell:

Um, I don’t know. I think my expectations were pretty solid. I’ve always been able to come in, kind of, with not a lot of people expecting a lot from me, you know because I’m from Washington, even with a kind of high ranking or whatever. I’ve always been able to be kind of a dog—fight things out—and it ends up pretty good. So that’s what I was thinking what might happen. But, I mean, I’m pretty happy with it.

Brandon Huffman:

Switching gears to recruiting, you’ve kind of been focusing on three: Washington, Stanford, Notre Dame. You visited those three. Talk about each of those three schools, and why they’re still kind of at the top of your recruitment.

Foster Sarell:

You know, Washington, they’re my home team, and they’re an hour from my house. I have a great relationship with the coaches. I think the football atmosphere there for game days is second-to-none. They have great facilities. They’re gonna have a great team coming up soon. I have a good relationship with some of a the linemen on that team, as well.

I think for Notre Dame, you know, their O-line coach is a big deal. Coach Easton is amazing. I love the way he handles his players and kind of everyone on that team. I love the way he handles his business, and you know, it’s Notre Dame. Kind of the football mecca of the world, basically.

And then Stanford—academically, they're amazing. Weather—they’re great, I mean they’re in Palo Alto. And they’re close to home. And then Coach Bloom and Coach Shaw are awesome. And Stanford’s always gonna be good, I mean, they do a great job with everything they do over there, so. I mean, they’re all great schools.

Brandon Huffman:

Are there any other schools that are still sort of hanging around, there, that could get business from you?

Foster Sarell:

Yeah, so, I mean, I really like Nebraska a lot. I love Coach Cav. He’s the best. I mean, I’ve had a relationship with him since I was about fifteen years old.

Brandon Huffman:

Was he at Oregon State?

Foster Sarell:

He was at Oregon State, yes.

Brandon Huffman:

So when you got your offer at Oregon State, he offered you there?

Foster Sarell:

Yeah, so my sister went to Oregon State, and we’d be down there all the time. I got to know him pretty darn well, and he’s a great man. I love him, and no matter what happens I’d love to have a relationship with him, you know, beyond football.

But Nebraska, Alabama, Michigan, UCLA—I mean, they’re still around, too.

Brandon Huffman:

Do you plan to get down to UCLA, or over to Alabama or Michigan?

Foster Sarell:

Um, if I do, it’d be as an OV. 

Brandon Huffman:

Who at Alabama is recruiting you?

Foster Sarell:

I talked to Coach Keys, Coach Cristobal, and Coach Lupoi.

Brandon Huffman:

And what about at Michigan?

Foster Sarell:

Um, Drevno. Harbaugh.

Brandon Huffman:

And UCLA?

Foster Sarell:

Klemm.

Brandon Huffman:

Do you plan to announce at the Army Bowl? Will you announce closer to Signing Day?

Foster Sarell:

I honestly have no clue when I’m going to announce. It would honestly have to be just a tug-on-the-heart kind of thing and knowing it’s the right place to go and just making that decision.

Brandon Huffman:

I know that you’ve been saying for a while that you’re gonna visit Stanford, Washington, and Notre Dame. Will you take the other two officials?

Foster Sarell:

I could. If I feel like I should, and I need to, I will.


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