Sarell plays for Team Brandon Roy and while he's a very skilled basketball player, he was pretty clear on where his heart lies.
“I’ve been playing basketball forever. That was my first love, so it means a lot to me," Sarell said in between games at Mt. Rainier High School. "I used to be really into it and I was rated in the top 50 in the country and all that fun stuff, but as football started to become my thing, I started to love football a little more so I still do this because it keeps you in shape and gets your feet going and we’re a pretty competitive team so, it’s good.”
At 6'7, 315 pounds, Sarell is already rated as one of only 10 players currently rated as a five-star in the 2017 class.
He currently holds offers from Washington, Eastern Washington, Boise State, UCLA, Oregon State and Nebraska and he's been talking quite a bit with Oregon and Stanford. While all of the attention has been flattering, he's not really allowing himself to think too much about it.
"I started to worry about (recruiting) early in the football season last fall and I wasn’t playing as well as I thought because I was too worried about getting an offer," Sarell noted. "I just realized that it doesn’t really matter if I get an offer, wherever I go, I’m going to influence my team."
As far as camps are concerned, Sarell plans only to take in the Oregon NFTC.
"I just want to get the Opening invite and that’s it," Sarell said.
While he's still got quite a bit of time until he needs to make a decision, typically, prospects getting this much early attention tend to make early decisions, however, Sarell said he'd like to take things all the way up to the end.
"I'm going to wait until signing day (in February of 2017)," Sarell said. "I'm going to be patient and take my time."
Sarell will continue to focus on AAU basketball this spring and summer, although he'll still take part in offseason workouts with his football team as well.
"I work out eight times a week," Sarell said. "I lift, I go do track and then I’ll go to Competitive Edge and then on Monday’s and Wednesdays, I’ll lift, go do track and then go do agility drills with the football team."
We'll continue to keep tabs on Sarell this summer and we will update news on him as it happens.