Patrick Surtain is exploring his options. Scout's top-ranked cornerback and third-ranked player in the 2018 class has plenty of suitors since coming onto the recruiting scene as an underclassman. However, now the American Heritage standout is ready to narrow down the field.
According to Surtain, LSU, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Clemson, Miami and Ohio State look likely to make the grade when he does reveal a top ten. But there are a few schools he has established a closer relationship with.
"LSU, Florida State, Florida, Alabama and Clemson," said Surtain. "They have been talking to me a lot. I've been talking to the coaches a lot. I feel like the bond really separates them from the others."
What makes each school stand apart?
LSU: "They got great connection and it feels like home. My family is up there, so it would be great to play for them."
FSU: "A great program and great coaches and hopefully want to visit them again," he said. "Just to learn more about the school, not about football, but more about the academics."
Florida: "Great school, and they got great DBs, great coaches. I want to visit again too." Sutain adds that he has already been in contact with Gators new defensive back coach, Corey Bell. "He is a great coach. I knew him at USF."
Alabama: It's a great program. They are a great coaching staff. They are national championship bound every year, and Nick Saban is a great coach."
Clemson: "They got a great school, great coaches - the coaches make you feel like home. They got a great football team."
According to the five-star defensive back, there are a few schools he wants to visit this spring.
"Ohio State, I want to visit. I never visited before," said Surtain. "I'm anxious to visit, because I've heard it was a great program and what the facilities are like. Also heard the coaches treat you right, and I heard it's fun up there.
"I know I want to visit Florida State, and I will visit LSU as well," he added.
But right now, Surtain is working on his health after a hamstring injury sidelined him at the Miami Opening Regional. But once he is back on the field, Surtain has his priorities firmly in order.
"Just work on my technique more and become a better player. I want to focus more on my off coverage because that would improve my game a lot."
Working on his game and not letting the recruiting process overwhelm him.
"I take it one at time and visit schools one at a time," he said. "Looking for a great program, great academics and a school that feels like home."
Surtain says he hopes to make his decision by either "midseason or by national signing day."