“And Carolina, I always grew up a Carolina fan. I like Coach [Keith] Gilmore a lot. He’s a really nice dude. He comes to the school all the time.”
Six schools have offered Surratt. In addition to UNC and NC State, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound East Lincoln product has received offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, and Wake Forest.
“It will be pretty soon before I have to commit, because [schools] only take one a year,” Surratt said. “So I’m going to have really get serious about recruiting and just really dissecting every option available to me.”
Surratt was faced with an opportunity to commit in late June while attending Fedora’s Freak Show. When the prestigious camp concluded, Larry Fedora gathered the campers at midfield, instructed the UNC pledges in attendance to stand behind him, and then asked those remaining “Who’s next?”
“I’m still young, so I wasn’t ready to commit yet,” Surratt said. “I knew some people would be – they were ready to jump at it. I’m still waiting. I have a while ago before I make a decision.”
The only other camp that Surratt attended this past summer was Tennessee’s. He had planned to also camp at Auburn, but a minor knee injury kept him at home.
“[Fedora’s Freak Show] was really exciting, because we worked out on [Kenan Stadium’s] field,” Surratt said. “I know it was different for a camp – I had never been to a camp like that.
“It was definitely a positive experience getting back on campus and being around the players.”
Throughout the Freak Show, Surratt worked out at quarterback under the guidance of Keith Heckendorf, the Tar Heels’ quarterbacks coach.
“He’s a real cool dude,” Surratt said. “He won’t really yell at you or anything, but he’ll let you know what’s going on. I really like that. I really want somebody to tell me what I’m doing wrong. There were a couple of drills that I hadn’t done before, but I use now in practice.”
Surratt was in awe at the talent that populated the camp.
“There were some really good wide receivers where you could throw it up and they’d go get it,” Surratt said. “There was a lot of talent, which made it easier for us during one-on-ones.”
For Surratt, the Freak Show closed in memorable fashion – with a dodge ball tournament.
“I didn’t know they were going to do that, but it was really fun, though,” Surratt said. “I love playing dodge ball as a kid, so it was fun. My team lost both times even though we had like five quarterbacks on our team, but I was always one of the last ones to get out.”
Though he doesn’t have any definitive plans, Surratt hopes to attend games at Auburn, Ohio State, and Tennessee this football season.