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Foster Sarell talks visit, timeline

Foster Sarell is basking in the dead period. For the 6-foot-6, 300-pound senior offensive tackle from Graham-Kapowsin, the holidays give him some time to rest up, spend time with family, and enjoy Christmas. Because as soon as the contact period opens up, the circus known as the recruiting process will grind back into overdrive. 

“I’m just going to hang out and be with my family,” Sarell told Friday. 

With the whole college football scene focused on his recruitment, has anything generally changed since he finalized his five official visits?

“It’s kind of been the same as always - U-Dub, Stanford, Notre Dame, SC, Nebraska,” said Sarell. “At this point I have so much respect for all the coaches that are recruiting me I think I may owe it to them to put all five hats down. I have great respect for all those coaches.”

One more thing hasn’t changed - his decision date. Sarell reiterated his intent to verbally commit to a college at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on January 7th. 

“Yeah, we’re going to announce there,” he said. 

One thing Washington Football fans have wanted to know for the better part of a week - how was Sarell’s official visit to Montlake last weekend? 

“I don’t know if there was anything new,” he said. “I think it was just good to hang out with the players a lot and get a vibe with them. That was a good highlight. For me, being able to hang out with Jake (Eldrenkamp) and Trey (Adams) and those guys was a big emphasis, because I’ve seen their whole deal and everything - the campus and the stadium - so it’s not about showing me around anymore. It’s about how I fit with the players.”

Adams, Eldrenkamp and Henry Roberts were Foster’s host at various points during the official visit. “I played against him my sophomore year,” Sarell said of Adams. “He was pretty much offense but he may have played a little defense.”

And Eldrenkamp? “I met him at the Ford Sports Performance camp,” added Sarell. “I’ve known him before he was at U-Dub. He’s awesome. He’s just a dude, that’s what makes him so cool. He’s not trying to be flashy. He’s just a dude, which is cool.”

One of the trip highlights was eating dinner at the Metropolitan Grill. “I had a filet mignon,” Foster said. “It was great. Can’t argue going to the Met.”

Sarell’s parents and sister were also a part of the official visit. “Thing is, we’ve been up there so many times nothing’s shock and awe,” he said. “My sister really enjoyed it. She thought it was cool. She hadn’t been up there very much. She enjoyed it. The meetings with the coaches went great and they got to hang out with the players a little bit during dinner, so they enjoyed their time up there too. How could you not?”

What about his talks with Washington Offensive Line Coach Chris Strausser? “He’s great,” Sarell said of Strausser. “He’s awesome. He’s a great coach and he knows his technique and everything. I love talking to him, talking football and everything. Everyone has their own technique and philosophy on how offensive line should be played. All the coaches I’ve talked to have been pretty darn successful.” 

One school that made a late move on Foster has been USC. “I don’t think I really saw myself going to Alabama anymore,” said Sarell. “We kind of quit communicating a whole lot and they just got a commit. USC was kind of talking to me and they are going to need offensive linemen next year, so there’s a good opportunity for me to go in there and start early and play. It’s kind of desirable for me in a way to be able to play tackle and play early.”

Now that the Washington official visit is complete, the plan is for Sarell to verbally commit to a school during the All-American game in San Antonio, but there is a slight hitch. With four official visits in the books to Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC and Washington, Sarell has one more official visit he could take if he verbally commits to a school he hasn’t tripped to yet. That school would be Stanford, who received some big news Friday with fellow offensive tackle Walker Little announcing he would play for the Cardinal starting next fall. 

“(Little) was my roommate at The Opening,” Sarell said. “That was legit for him, that was exciting.”

Whether having to compete with a fellow frosh like Little at Stanford or with returning starters like Adams at Washington, Sarell feels he’s more than ready to join the battle - no matter where he eventually signs. 

“I’m confident in myself to be able to play tackle in college right now, so I see myself (at tackle),” he said.

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