Thus, the past three weeks, the 6-foot-2, 198-pound 2016 quarterback from East Lincoln has caught games at Vanderbilt (vs. South Carolina), Duke (vs. Kansas), and NC State (vs. Florida State).
“I liked Vanderbilt and Duke – they were real nice campuses,” Surratt said on Friday. “And they were real good atmospheres to play in.”
Surratt – who holds offers from Charlotte, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest – aims to make a verbal commitment before his senior year.
“Quarterbacks, they commit early, because schools only take one,” Surratt said. “I want to be pretty locked up in my spot.”
Surratt plans his weekend travel schedule on a week-to-week basis. Thus, he’s unsure what games he’ll attend coming up. However, his goal is to visit East Carolina, UNC, South Carolina, and Tennessee for games by the end of this season.
Specifically with UNC, Surratt is eying the Tar Heels’ regular season finale against NC State. Additionally, he hopes to see UNC play live a week earlier – albeit in Durham – against Duke on a Thursday night.
“Those are rivalry games and they’re always fun to go to,” Surratt said. “Plus, both schools are recruiting me, so it gives me a chance to check out both offenses in one game.”
Given his Saturday travels, Surratt says he hasn’t had an opportunity to watch UNC play thus far this season.
“When I get home from a game, I’ve watched the big game of the day, but that’s really it,” Surratt said. “But even then, I miss most of it.”
Regardless, Surratt has a good grasp on UNC’s no-huddle, spread offense.
“I love their system,” Surratt said. “I think it’s an explosive offense that I fit into perfect. It’s pretty similar to what I run in high school.”
Heading into Friday’s Southern District 7 Conference opener, Surratt had accumulated 970 yards and 12 touchdowns on 84-of-117 passing (71.8-percent) and led East Lincoln with 184 yards on 16 rushes (11.5-yard average). Unofficially, he concluded Friday’s game with five total touchdowns, completed 15-of-21 passes for 352 yards, and rushed for 109 yards on seven carries.
Surratt came out of the summer with UNC and NC State as his top two schools. After a few games, he says his top two are now Duke and UNC.
“At Duke, it’s just Coach [David] Cutcliffe and everything that he brings to the program and just how genuine the staff is at Duke,” Surratt said. “And then North Carolina, I love North Carolina. I definitely can’t wait to get back up there.”
Assistant coaches Keith Gilmore and Keith Heckendorf have teamed up to recruit Surratt for UNC. Surratt says he speaks more often to Heckendorf, the Tar Heels’ quarterbacks coach.
“Coach Heck has just talked about me coming to one of their games,” Surratt said. “So I’ll definitely be coming down there in a few weeks.”
Heckendorf hasn’t discussed UNC’s quarterback situation and how Surratt fits into it.
“They have Marquise [Williams] and they have Mitch [Trubisky],” Surratt said. “[Anthony] Ratliff, he’s committed for the next class. There’s a lot of QBs up there, so I know I’ll have to work hard to get my spot.”
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