5-Star OT Foster Sarell Talks Upcoming Notre Dame Official, Playing in Army Bowl

Even as the nation’s No. 2 overall player in the 2017 class, Graham, Washington, 5-star offensive tackle Foster Sarell refuses to let his recruiting process reach an overwhelming status. Events such as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl keep him grounded and remind him of all the positives of his final year in high school.

Sarell officially was recognized as a U.S. Army All-American with a jersey presentation Tuesday morning at Graham-Kapowsin High School. The ceremony jump-started a week that, four days from now, will include Sarell at Notre Dame for his second official visit.

The Fighting Irish will play Stanford in a game Sarell has had marked on his calendar for quite some time. Both schools are among his top five—a list that also includes Nebraska, Alabama and Washington.

“I’m excited to see the Notre Dame game atmosphere,” Sarell said about the upcoming trip. “I’m excited to meet with the coaches and to see all the guys. This will be a good chance to really see what Notre Dame is all about.”

Sarell visited Nebraska for his first official last month and is eyeing November visits to Washington (either Nov. 12 against USC or Nov. 19 against Arizona State) and Alabama (Nov. 26 against Auburn). He said a Stanford visit will come in January.

No visit dates outside of this weekend have been set in stone, and he’s simply “taking everything one step at a time to see what the best options are.” Sarell is expected to play out his recruitment until close to national signing day, if not the day of.

Now standing 6’7″ and 310 pounds, Sarell is the nation’s top-ranked offensive tackle for good reason. He’s a technically sound lineman who meshes brute strength, good footwork and pad level and a high football IQ. He has 16 reported offers but is believed to be a major target in the recruiting battle between Stanford and Washington.

This weekend is when Notre Dame can make a huge impression and firmly put itself in the national conversation.

“I think it’s going to come down to the program and how it all will make my life better,” Sarell said of his pending decision. “I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and the players. Academics is a huge deal for me, too. I want to have a degree where if football doesn’t work out, I’ll have a strong second option.

“I also want to be somewhere where I can enjoy the campus. I’m going to be there for four or five years.”

Sarell, who added that all five schools are neck and neck in the recruiting race, is considered the cream of the crop of one of the best offensive lineman classes, top to bottom, in years. Scout.com has 36 offensive tackles rated at least with four stars. Seven of those are rated 5-star athletes.

Sarell was one of the most consistent standouts at The Opening in July, as he left Beaverton, Oregon, with the offensive line MVP award. He’s looking to show his talents in front of the soldiers at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Playing for the soldiers in San Antonio, he said, was the primary reason why he chose the Army game over the other All-American events.

“It’s cool, a unique opportunity for me to play with the top players in the country and to also rep my country,” Sarell said. “Not a whole lot of players get a chance to do this. I feel like it’s a chance to do something bigger than me, and it gives me a reason to play for those who fight for us.”

       

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of Scout.com. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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