The nation’s top offensive tackle made his college decision official Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Foster Sarell chose to commit to Stanford during a nationally-televised announcement live from the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas. His other finalists included Nebraska, Notre Dame, USC and Washington.
Sarell is widely considered one of the nation’s top prospects. 247Sports, Rivals and Scout all have Sarell in the Top 3 overall, regardless of position, and he’s the No. 1 offensive tackle according to all of those services.
Nebraska’s inclusion in his final group dates back years to when the Husker coaches were at Oregon State. They first targeted Sarell in the summer of 2014 and continued that pursuit upon moving to Lincoln. Sarell was clearly one of the top recruits on NU’s board throughout this recruiting cycle.
Offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh was a big reason why NU remained in contention. Sarell regularly called Cavanaugh one of the coaches with whom he had the best relationship, and the Husker assistant made multiple trips to the Pacific Northwest to visit with Sarell and his family.
The Huskers also hosted Sarell on an official visit for the season opener against Fresno State. It was the only trip Sarell made to Lincoln, but it impressed him enough to warrant keeping NU in his lead group.
But it wasn’t enough for Sarell to pick the Huskers. NU swung for the fences with Sarell but is still left with a solid class of offensive linemen with current commits Broc Bando, Brenden Jaimes and Matt Sichterman. They add to a group of four linemen signed in 2016, several of which could push for playing time in 2017.
NU will now target an in-state prospect to fill its final spot for an offensive linemen. The Huskers extended an offer on Friday to Lincoln East's Chris Walker.
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