“I just felt more comfortable with the coaches and everything,” Surratt said. “It’s a lot easier just to talk to them. It’s a good atmosphere and I’m more comfortable down there.”
Surratt’s comfort level will only help UNC in its pursuit of the 6-foot-2, 198-pound quarterback from Denver (N.C.) East Lincoln.
“I want to go somewhere where I feel comfortable, where I fit in, and where I get along with the coaching staff,” Surratt said. “That will definitely play a big factor [in my recruitment].”
However, UNC remains tied with Duke in Surratt’s mind.
“They’re still kind of neck-and-neck right now,” Surratt said. “I’ve got to go back down to Duke. I’ll probably go back down most likely in the spring when there’s practice.”
Surratt, who is up to eight scholarship offers, is eyeing a summer decision.
In the meantime, Surratt is taking in a diverse collection of college football games in person. In addition to Saturday’s game in Chapel Hill, he has attended Vanderbilt vs. South Carolina in Nashville, Duke vs. Kansas in Durham, and NC State vs. Florida State in Raleigh. He’ll travel to Auburn on Saturday to watch the Tigers host South Carolina. He’s also in the process of finalizing travel plans to Clemson for one of their final home games (Georgia State and South Carolina).
On Saturday, UNC had planned for Surratt to meet with Larry Fedora prior to kickoff of the game. But, Surratt’s arrival time prevented that from occurring. He did, though, spend a lot of time chatting with Keith Gilmore, his primary recruiter, on the sideline during pregame warm-ups.
“Coach Gilmore just asked me how I was doing,” Surratt said. “We talked about my season. He mentioned how I was playing well right now.”
Keith Heckendorf, UNC’s quarterbacks coach, also paid Surratt a visit.
“It was the first time he met my dad, so he was talking to him,” Surratt said. “When he talked to me, he was just talking to me about just being a quarterback and just embracing the moment.
“He’s real cool. I really like talking to him.”
Surratt’s junior season is going extremely well. East Lincoln is undefeated and ranked No. 2 in NCHSAA, according to the Associated Press. Surratt deserves much of the credit. He has thrown for 1,836 yards and 22 touchdowns on 125-of-179 passing and rushed for 465 yards on 53 carries.
“I’m thankful that we’re winning,” Surratt said. “Our team has progressed a lot over the season. In the beginning of the year, we really started off kind of slow, but now we’re kind of where I thought we would be. We’re putting up a lot of points.”
Surratt sees a lot of similarities between East Lincoln’s and UNC’s offenses.
“I think I’d fit in real well [in UNC’s offense],” Surratt said. “They use [Marquise Williams] a lot to run the ball and [East Lincoln] uses me sometimes to run. And he also sits in the pocket and I’d really like to do that more. I just think it’s hard to stop when you have a dual threat quarterback back there in that type of offense. [UNC’s] offense has really been explosive lately.”
Surratt plans to return to UNC at some point, but isn’t sure when.
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