“I just needed to go down there and see what it was really like and just get a feel for what it would actually be like to play there,” Surratt said. “And, you know, it’s different staying there [overnight] instead of just visiting.
“I still have to visit Duke next weekend, so I’m not going to give a leader or anything like that. [UNC] is definitely at the top with Duke. We’ll just have to see how it goes with Duke.”
The Tobacco Road Rivals, Duke and UNC, are Surratt’s finalists. His Duke visit next weekend will be similar in nature to this past weekend’s UNC stay. Shortly thereafter, Surratt will be looking to make a verbal commitment.
“I definitely want to have a good understanding of where I want to go after the visit to Duke,” Surratt said. “I’ve visited both places a few times now, so I think [my recruitment] is winding down. I should know where I want to go after those two [visits].”
Surratt doesn’t have an exact date for a decision. He anticipates a late April/early May verbal commitment.
In addition to observing Saturday’s morning scrimmage, Surratt had a film session with Keith Heckendorf, UNC’s quarterbacks coach, later that afternoon. Surratt saw a lot of similarities in the Tar Heels’ offense and the scheme he quarterbacked to an undefeated season and state championship in 2014.
“I think I would be a good fit in that offense – being able to run and pass,” Surratt said. “… When Coach Heck broke down some plays for me, I understood some of the concepts pretty well. I like all the different stuff that they use. I don’t think it would be too hard of a transition.”
Afterwards, Heckendorf, Surratt, and sophomore quarterback Mitch Trubisky, who is working with UNC’s first string offense in Marquise Williams’ absence, had dinner on campus.
“We talked football and the different things that go along with being quarterback,” Surratt said.
Surratt then experienced campus life with Trubisky. Most of their activities included other members of the football team.
“I think I meshed pretty well,” Surratt said. “I met a lot of new faces. Everyone was real receptive. They were a good to be around.”
Surratt wasn’t the only 2016 quarterback prospect on campus on Saturday. Logan Byrd, who UNC offered prior to his near six-month verbal commitment to Virginia Tech, also attended Saturday morning’s scrimmage. Additionally, fellow four-star passer Jawon Pass made a four-day visit to UNC earlier in the month.
“He’s just waiting on me,” Surratt said of Heckendorf. “He wants me to be able to make the decision whether or not I want to come there or not. So, he’s kind of waiting it out just to see if I commit there first. He has told me that I’m his guy for 2016.”
Furthermore, Surratt says that Heckendorf isn’t putting any pressure on him to rush a decision.
“He’s told me that other quarterbacks want to come,” Surratt said. “It’s not really pressure, but he’s telling me that there are other quarterbacks that do want to come here, but he can’t go without a quarterback.”