2017 UNC Target: Sage Surratt

The 2017 wide receiver could follow his brother to UNC.

DENVER, N.C. --- North Carolina is the frontrunner for Sage Surratt, the younger brother of UNC pledge Chazz Surratt. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the 6-foot-2, 185-pound receiver is a lock to join his brother in Chapel Hill.

Scouting Report

“Sage plays the ball in the air better than anyone I’ve ever seen,” East Lincoln head coach Mike Byus said. “Sage is a super intelligent player. He understands the game. He knows how to set up his routes and [his] hand-eye coordination is phenomenal.”

Prep Career

Like his older brother, Surratt began his prep career as a freshman starting at wide receiver for East Lincoln. While Chazz converted to quarterback after his initial season, Sage has continued at receiver.

Just like in the backyard, Sage became Chazz’s go-to target. As a freshman, the younger Surratt led the team with 35 receptions for 513 yards and four scores. The next season – East Lincoln’s NCHSAA 2A Championship campaign – he was tops with 87 grabs for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns.

“When we need to convert, he’s a guy we’re definitely going to look for,” Byus said. “And also, when things break down Sage just finds a way to get open.”


Despite scholarship offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, and Wake Forest, Surratt’s recruitment will be more complicated than his older brother’s.

“I’m just exploring my basketball options right now and then just seeing how that goes,” Surratt said. “And then whichever [sport] I think is the best opportunity for me, that’s the one I’m going to choose.”

UNC has simplified it for Surratt. In addition to a football scholarship, the basketball staff has offered a preferred walk-on opportunity.

“With Carolina with the football and basketball, that would be good,” Surratt said.

Surratt has yet to receive any basketball scholarship offers. But, schools like Clemson, Charleston, East Carolina, Stanford, and Wake Forest have expressed interest.

“Whatever school offers me for basketball, I will see the school,” Surratt said. “If I just don’t like [my basketball options], I could always go where my brother goes. It could really go either way for me.”

Surratt readily admits that UNC is his favorite, primarily because of his brother.

“I’d rather play with him than against him,” Surratt said. “Just the dual threat combo of us, I really like that.

“I grew up a Tar Heel fan all my life. So I’ve always liked them. And getting down there has been great. I like the campus.”

In addition to multiple UNC trips, Surratt has visited Duke, Clemson, and Wake Forest.

Extra Notes

As a sophomore, Surratt averaged 25 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and four assists for an East Lincoln basketball team that went undefeated until losing in the NCHSAA 2A State Championship to Kinston… Besides his older brother, Surratt has football in the blood: his cousin, J.T. Surratt, played defensive tackle for South Carolina (2010-14); his second cousin, Leon Johnson, played running back at UNC (1993-96); and his father, Kevin, played football at Winston-Salem State.

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