Washington commenced its recruitment of one of the state's top young players by extending an offer to freshman offensive tackle Foster Sarell, according to MaxPreps. The 6'6", 300-pound prospect is a full-time starter at Graham-Kapowsin High School (Graham, Wash.).
Sarell has already drawn accolades early in his high school career. He is the first freshman ever to start at left tackle in the South Puget Sound League, per The Tacoma News Tribune.
The Huskies didn't hesitate to get the recruiting process underway early, as it's likely to eventually become a nationwide race for Sarell's services. Eastern Washington has also made an offer, according to MaxPreps.
While freshman offensive lineman Calvin Ashley (Orlando, Fla.) is already creating substantial buzz, a BCS-level offer at this stage is enough to skyrocket Sarell into the national spotlight as a premier player to watch in the class of 2017.
Graham-Kapowsin head coach Eric Kurle didn't try to play down the immense expectations already in place for the young phenom.
"He is the best player I have ever coached," Kurle told MaxPreps. "And I have coached 12 Division I players, four being linemen, and he is better than them as a ninth-grader."
That's high praise for a kid with less than half a high school season under his belt. Sarell, who is also a basketball standout, is surprisingly smooth and moves very well.
While many players who approach his size at such a young age tend to look rather awkward in motion, he is technically sound and doesn't have trouble lining up a block when he pulls. Sarell is a dominant run blocker who looks every bit of a seasoned star senior on game tape.
"From day one, our seniors would be the first to say he is the best player on the line," Kurle told The News Tribune.
Expect the amount of interest and offers to increase as college coaches across the country get their eyes on this mammoth prospect from the Northwest. The Huskies hope that an early jump on his bandwagon will be enough to stay in the mix during a frenzied recruitment ahead.
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