UNC QB Signee Chazz Surratt Named Parade Player of the Year

North Carolina quarterback signee has been named Player of the Year on Parade's annual All-American High School Football Team.

Chazz Surratt, a standout quarterback at East Lincoln High in Denver, N.C., who scored 66 touchdowns, posted a 4.5 GPA and even babysat his coach's grandkids, has been named Player of the Year on Parade's annual All-American High School Football Team, published in Sunday's issue.

As a superstar freshman, Surratt helped the varsity football team snag a North Carolina state title. He went on to lead his Charlotte-area school to many more championships, shattering state records along the way—total offensive years responsible for (16,593) and total touchdowns responsible for (229)—and pick up multiple state player of the year honors. He finished his senior season with 3,546 passing yards and 51 TDs. He also rushed for 1,345 yards and 15 TDs—and East Lincoln was 56-6 in his four years.

"With Surratt, you can tell he's a great athlete and also a leader," football legend Michael Strahan told Parade. Strahan, an NFL Hall of Famer and former New York Giant defensive end, chose the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Surratt from a list of finalists compiled by Parade editors, who scour the nation each year to identify the top high school prospects.

Surratt, who is one of 10 children, said "Parade All-America is a huge deal to me and my family. I'm honored." He signed to play for the University of North Carolina on Wednesday.

Along with impressive sports stats, Surratt has a 4.5 grade point average and a reputation as a polite, humble young man who appreciates the opportunities he's been given. "Do you know this kid babysits my grandchildren?" East Lincoln head coach Mike Byus told Parade. "I mean, how many boys his age would do that? He's great with kids and they like him too. And he's polite. Chazz will 'yes sir' and 'no sir' you to death."

Byus feels Surratt will thrive at the next level, mostly because he won't trip himself up. "He has all the intangibles. You have so many kids who have unbelievable talent but not the work ethic to go with it. Then you have the kids who overachieve because of their will and work ethic, and they reach that next level because of that. That's Chazz Surratt."

Parade has been recognizing top football talent since 1963. The elite group has included 15 Heisman Trophy winners‚ including Earl Campbell, Tony Dorsett, Marcus Allen, Herschel Walker and Charles Woodson. The most recent Heisman Trophy winner—Derrick Henry—was our National Player of the Year in 2013, and recent trophy winners Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston are also part of a long line of Parade team selections. NFL Hall of Famers Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana and John Elway have also made the team. And in 1994, Parade picked a New Orleans high school senior named Peyton Manning, who will be competing in his fourth Super Bowl on February 7th..

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