Two-sport star updates recruitment

2017 receiver Sage Surratt wants to play both basketball and football at the next level. ECU has offered him for only football so far but that hasn't stopped another in-state rival from meeting Surratt's request.

2017 two-sport athlete Sage Surratt seems bound for a college career on both the hardwood and the football field.

The East Lincoln high school (Denever, N.C.) product plays guard and receiver and found success in both sports.

He averaged 24.6 points per game last season on the hardwood and notched 1,237 receiving yards, in addition to his 18 touchdown grabs.

The two-sport East Lincoln star is already gaining momentum in the recruiting ranks and expressed a desire to play both football and basketball at the next level, much like his brother Chazz who is currently committed to North Carolina to play quarterback and guard.

“My brother got offered for football and basketball and (North) Carolina has given me the same opportunity,” Surratt said. “That’s definitely something that I would like to do. Playing with him at college would be great so it’s definitely going to impact my decision.”

UNC remains the only school to have extended Surratt an offer for both sports and East Carolina, which offered him when he was a freshman, has yet to pull the trigger on a basketball offer.

Instead, the Pirates have him offered as a receiver and because Surratt has an interest in being a two-sport athlete, ECU appears to have fallen behind the pack. In fact, Surratt offered an insight on what his preference would be if he had to pick between the two sports.

“I like basketball more but I just want to see how this recruiting process plays out after July for basketball,” he said.

UNC, Duke, Wake Forest and ECU remain his only offers so far with the Tar Heels admittedly leading the pack. N.C. State and Clemson have also shown interest in the 6-foot-2 athlete.

With still over two years left at East Lincoln, Surratt’s recruiting is sure to pick up even more steam. The Pirates still have time to make up ground on their in-state rivals but the lack of a basketball offer and the connection to Chazz should only hinge their efforts moving forward.

“Obviously my brother is going to Carolina so it’d be hard to say,” Surratt said. “But I followed East Carolina last year pretty good so I know it’s a great program. They haven’t contacted me since they offered me so we’ll see how it goes.”

Surratt’s ideal commit date would be at the end of the year, giving him adequate time to feel out his choices. He hasn’t yet narrowed his list or eliminated schools but as far as factors go, Surratt seems to have a plan in mind.

“Education and then a good facility, a place where I feel like I can be there for four years are important,” he said.

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