"He's one of those kids that are so versatile that he could do anything at any position," East Lincoln head coach Mike Byus said. "He just has that natural build and he has that quickness. He could be going 100 miles per hour, cut, and then return to top speed. He's such a quality passer as well as a rusher."
Byus envisions Surratt ending his prep career as the holder of several East Lincoln (if not statewide) records – particularly in passing and rushing. In two seasons, he has scored 83 total touchdowns and accounted for 6,036 all-purpose yards.
Prior to high school, Surratt exclusively played quarterback. However, as a freshman on a veteran team with a returning starter at QB in 2012, he was converted to wide receiver. He caught 56 passes for 1,082 yards and 13 touchdowns as East Lincoln went undefeated and won the NCHSAA 2A Title.
In the fourth round game of East Lincoln's title run, Surratt played running back, receiver, and outside linebacker, scoring all four of East Lincoln's touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing, and one on an interception return).
"We don't let too many kids play both ways at all – more less a freshman," Byus said.
The following season, Surratt was handed the reins of Byus's multiple spread offense.
"We have multiple reads on almost every play," Byus said. "… Some are pass-first run-second, some are run-first pass-second, and some are pass reads on both sides. We may quick read one side and intermediate read the other side.
"Yes, we have designed quarterback runs, yes, we have options for him to [hand it off] or run or pass, but he'll sit in that pocket and throw, too. He likes throwing and disrupting. So he goes through his progressions and makes reads and does a good job."
Surratt ended his sophomore campaign with 2,590 yards on 178-of-273 (65-percent) passing, with 28 touchdowns and ten interceptions. He also rushed for 1,624 yards and 34 scores on 208 carries (7.8-yard average).
Byus expects Surratt's passing numbers to drastically improve in each of the next two seasons.
"In his development, he's going to even be a better passer next year because the game will slow down for him mentally on his reads," Byus said. "When he goes through his read progressions, things are going to look so clear to him."
Clemson, North Carolina, and NC State have extended scholarship offers to Surratt. Schools throughout the nation – including Alabama, Auburn, and Stanford – have made serious inquires.
"There are some people that have told me that they just don't [offer] that early but they will," Byus said.
NC State is the only school that has committed to a specific position for Surratt – his preference, quarterback.
"Everybody else, they just know he's a great athlete and they want him to be part of their program," Byus said.
Surratt has visited all three of the schools that have offered him. He most recently visited UNC for its January junior day.
"It was great – I really liked the campus," Surratt said. "The coaches were really easy to talk to, so that's definitely a good thing. As far as the environment, I really liked it. I could see myself going to Carolina."
Also, Surratt was in Kenan Stadium last fall for the Tar Heels' bout with East Carolina.
"The fans were really into it – there was a lot of yelling," Surratt said. "I like the offense – I think it would be perfect for me as a dual threat quarterback. That offense resembles our offense a lot. We probably run it more [with the QB] at my high school, just because I can. But both offenses rely on big plays."
Surratt is reluctant to name favorite schools, but one program has caught his attention early on.
"I really like Carolina, but it's too early to really give a definite leader," Surratt said. "I haven't been down there enough."
Surratt hopes to return to UNC this summer. In the meantime, he is working on upcoming trips to Duke, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Surratt is also receiving looks as a basketball recruit. He'll participate in the "N.C. Top 80" on Saturday, which is an invite-only event for the to prospects in the state. This past season for East Lincoln, he averaged 22 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. He's unsure whether he'll attempt to play basketball in college… Surratt's younger brother, Sage, is a likely recruit, also. He led East Lincoln in receptions as a freshman in 2013 (55 catches for 843 yards and 11 touchdowns). The Surratts want to attend the same college… Surratt's cousin, J.T., is a senior defensive tackle at South Carolina. His second cousin, Leon Johnson, played running back at UNC (1993-96). His father, Kevin, played football at Winston Salem State… Surratt said he grew up a fan of Texas in football because of Vince Young and UNC in basketball.