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What’s it like being the No. 1 football recruit in the nation? G-K’s Foster Sarell explains

Graham-Kapowsin offensive lineman Foster Sarell, considered one of the top-10 football recruits in the nation for 2017 works out at Graham Kapowsin High School Friday 1/22/16.
Graham-Kapowsin offensive lineman Foster Sarell, considered one of the top-10 football recruits in the nation for 2017 works out at Graham Kapowsin High School Friday 1/22/16. The News Tribune

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.

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Hey everyone it’s Foster again!

Since the football season is coming up I feel like it's time to talk about the recruiting process.

Summer of Sarell Diary

First of all, the recruiting process is hectic. The daily activities of coaches wanting your attention, media people wanting an interview, football programs wanting me to come to camps, friends and family asking where I am going to attend next year and trying to live up to the pressure of being a ranked athlete can be a hectic and hard to handle at times.

But I can say that after my freshman year I figured some things out and was able to find peace with it all. Being a guy of a faith and talking with my pastor, I’ve learned that I was put in this place for a purpose. It sounds crazy to have the attitude of being frustrated over those things! This is an honor.

I mean, not many people get the opportunity to meet and talk to head coaches who have been extremely successful and are looked at in the public eye as an icon. But I get to have a normal conversation with them about golf or what I’m having for dinner that night – it’s just crazy when you put things in that perspective.

Graham-Kapowsin offensive lineman Foster Sarell

So I started understanding how amazing this opportunity God has given me is, and the amazing people I have had the pleasure of meeting and developing great relationships with. It’s truly a blessing and what a better way to just embrace the process and just be thankful to be in this position. I mean, not many people get the opportunity to meet and talk to head coaches who have been extremely successful and are looked at in the public eye as an icon. But I get to have a normal conversation with them about golf or what I’m having for dinner that night – it’s just crazy when you put things in that perspective.

I do my best to answer all the coaches who contact me but I honestly can’t respond to all the reporters. That is too overwhelming and I would spend my entire day doing interviews. So I am selective at who I talk to and do interviews with.

I also handle social media differently than a lot of athletes in my position. I have been known as being pretty quiet with my recruiting process — I don’t tweet about how many college scholarships I have been offered nor do I put photos out there with me and coaches or stuff like that. It's a bit odd for most kids and the best answer as to why I don’t do this is just because I was raised that way. My parents always tried to tell me to not talk about yourself, let your talent speak for itself and let others talk for you. I was taught to try and stay as humble as you can (which is very hard being in this position).

I will tell the coach privately how thankful I am for the opportunity and thank God for the blessing he gave me, but the public doesn’t always need to know that in my opinion.

So to close this off, the recruiting process has been truly amazing to be able to meet and talk to so many awesome people, the pressure and the chaos can get a little overwhelming but how many people are able to be in this spot? So why not embrace it to the fullest.

— Foz

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