A few schools are standing out for 2018 five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain with LSU and Florida State as his leaders. After working out at the Under Armour Future 50 Camp in Orlando, Fla., Surtain broke down why those two powerhouses stand at the top.
"They (LSU) hit me up the most. Down there, it feels like home with my family down there and it keeps me in good spirits. The coaches treat me well so it's great," the No. 3 player in 2018 said. "Coach Raymond and coach Orgeron been hitting me up lately."
Corey Raymond recently resigned as LSU's defensive backs coach and has built a strong relationship with the American Heritage (Fla.) star during his time in Baton Rouge.
"Coach Raymond has been telling me how much of an asset I would be if I would go and commit to the team," Surtain said. "He always works with me on his technique at the camps with me. I see him as a father figure."
Surtain added that Ed Orgeron being named head coach is a great choice for LSU because of his love for the game.
"That was a perfect fit. He loves the game of football and he shows it on the field," Surtain said.
The Seminoles just trail LSU, but with defensive coordinator Charles Kelly and head coach Jimbo Fisher on him, remain firmly in the mix.
"Florida State is a great school. Coach (Charles) Kelly and coach Jimbo Fisher are great coaches," Surtain told Tiger Blitz. "They've been hitting me up the most. The atmosphere is great and I want to visit there soon." http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1741983-under-arm...
Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Ohio State stand out to Surtain with the Tide likely just ahead of the other three schools.
"You know what Bama is. They always have a great team and great coaches. I love them," Surtain said as he headed out for meetings after the Under Armour camp.
The No. 1 cornerback said he's got to continue to get bigger and work on his technique, which was a big reason why competing in the Future 50 Camp to go against receivers like Brian Hightower, Justin Watkins and the No. 1 wide receiver in Louisiana Terrace Marshall is something he enjoyed.
"I think I did great competing against the best. I did my thing. It made me better as a player," the 6-2, 192-pound corner said. "You just gotta come out here and work your technique and compete."
The son of former All-Pro cornerback Patrick Surtain said he plans to get LSU in either the spring or the summer for a visit.
SCOUT'S NOTES FROM FUTURE 50 CAMP ON SURTAIN:
"Patrick Surtain is an elite defensive back. He worked at safety, but he could play corner too. He is exactly how you draw them up. He goes about his business with a purpose and LSU is the leader with Florida State next."
SCOUT OVERALL EVALUATION OF SURTAIN:
"You can't draw them up much better in the defensive backfield than this elite prospect out of South Florida. Surtain has grown a couple of inches and is really coming into his own physically, and is technically sound with the ability to burst out of his breaks to make a play on the football in a hurry. Surtain is a fleet-footed cornerback that does a good job of sinking his hips and playing with suddenness, but when you add his prototypical size and length for a young defender, you have the makings of a potential five-star recruit. This young man has great football bloodlines as well."