Editor’s note: He’s not just a kid from Graham. Graham-Kapowsin offensive lineman Foster Sarell is considered the top-ranked offensive line recruit in the country by multiple scouting services, and he’ll use The News Tribune to journal his final summer in high school.
Hey everyone, it’s Foster here again.
I just recently returned back from The Opening, or football heaven, and that is no understatement. Nike put on the best camp I’ve ever seen and the talent level there was insane. It felt like it was the closest thing to playing college football as I could get right now.
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The first day I arrived everyone was kind of to themselves and had a little bit of a front on. But as I got with my roommate and we just started talking and meeting the others it showed how all these great players were just dudes like me. Also the gear is off the charts, they made us feel like kings, absolutely crazy!
Day 2, I was a little more anxious knowing we were doing one-on-ones but was excited to see where I stacked up. After we warmed up and did the individual period we started in on the real action. Best part of all, I was the first to go, haha!
I won both reps and didn’t lose any that whole day. The speed, size and strength of the defensive ends was next level, so I was excited I competed with the best of them.
Once Day 3 came around I knew it was time to pad up, which made me very excited because I love when the pads get popping.
The day was intense, fights breaking out constantly, smack talking and just guys who came to compete and prove they’re the best. However, I remained fairly quiet and just did my thing and left it at that. By the end of the day I made the “Final 5” and won my reps.
Also during the camp, the coaches I had were so amazing and technical, they taught me so much that I applied to my game and made immediate improvements.
As I walked down stairs for Day 4 and got breakfast, I started thinking if I have another great day maybe, just maybe, I could get that MVP. Once the one-on-ones started I came off a little shaky and lost a couple quick reps. I went back and just settled myself down and got ready to get after it. The day ended better than anyone could have imagined …
I made Final 5 and got the MVP for the offensive line for the camp.
I was elated and just felt like all the injuries and rough junior year came to fruition. I came home and have settled down and was just able to think about how blessed I truly am and just give all the glory to God for giving me my abilities and the opportunities he provided for me.
Now it’s summer time, lots of working out, lake days and golf. Talk to you all soon.