Surratt Checks out UNC

South Carolina verbal commitment Jalen "J.T." Surratt unofficially visited North Carolina on Saturday for the Tar Heels' in-state rivalry game against East Carolina.

"I'm just a fan of football and wanted to go see a game," Surratt said. "At the time I didn't have a way to go down to South Carolina."

Saturday's visit was Surratt's first to UNC. Before kickoff, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive lineman from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Parkland was given a tour of the campus.

"They have a nice campus – really nice," Surratt said. "The thing that really stood out was that it was real community-like – everybody knew everybody, everybody spoke to everybody. When I was just walking around and walking to the stadium everybody was like ‘Hey, how are you doing?' All the people were real friendly."

While in the stadium, Surratt watched UNC defeat East Carolina, 31-17.

"It was a good game," Surratt said. "It's an explosive atmosphere. Carolina is real big on their teams – like football and basketball."

Before leaving campus, Surratt spoke with Allen Mogridge, Surratt's primary recruiter, and John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

"They just want me to give their school a chance," Surratt said.

UNC verbally offered Surratt a couple weeks ago.

In mid-June, Surratt verbally committed to South Carolina. He maintains that pledge is firm.

"I'm focused on the school that I'm committed to," Surratt said. "If I go to [another school's] game, it's because I'm a fan of football."

Outside of the UNC-East Carolina game, Surratt has only attended South Carolina's season opening victory over NC State, in Raleigh. He said he hopes to make it to the South Carolina-Florida game in November.

Surratt is exclusively being recruited as a defensive tackle. For Parkland, he plays fullback, defensive end, and linebacker.

Thus far this season, Surratt has accumulated 30 tackles, including 10 for a loss, and a forced fumble.

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