Surratt excited about official visit to USC

Gamecock defensive line commitment J.T. Surratt may be one of the most underrated prospects in the Southeast, and he promises to be a player that will help South Carolina shore up its lack of depth along the defensive front.

Surratt finished his senior season at Parkland High School in Winston-Salem, NC in the fall, and is eagerly awaiting his chance to suit up in the garnet and black. He will be taking his official visit to Columbia this weekend, along with 17 other prospects, in the Gamecocks' biggest recruiting weekend of the year.

Surratt said that he is ready to get to the Capital City and see some of his fellow Gamecocks, as well as just experience the town.

"(I'm) ready to get to know my surroundings, (and) get to know some of the incoming recruits," said Surratt when describing his excitement. "(I'm looking forward to) just a little bit of everything, really."

2010 will undoubtedly be a big year for the Gamecocks. With numerous starters returning on both offense and defense, next year's version of South Carolina football potentially has a chance to be one of the best ever. Surratt said that he is very impressed with what the USC coaching staff has done, and the momentum they are building in Columbia.

"From what I'm seeing, it looked like they're headed in a good direction," said Surratt. "You can't do anything but get better. I'm ready to get down there and compete and get in the mix myself."

As for his fellow recruits, Surratt said he is looking forward to what he can build with his fellow commitments as the future of Gamecock football.

"I've talked to Kelcy (Quarles) before, face to face. I'm looking forward to playing with really all of them, getting down there to compete and see who's a football player."

As time winds down toward National Signing Day, some recruits may begin to waver while facing the reality of their college choice. However, Surratt said that he is 100% Gamecock, and will be in Columbia soon to continue USC's tradition of stout defense under Coach Ellis Johnson.

"Yeah, I'm going to South Carolina. I didn't really (consider) any other schools besides South Carolina. I mean I haven't had a lot of schools (talk to me) since North Carolina, so I'm real firm on South Carolina."

Surratt finished his senior season with an impressive 76 tackles, 15 sacks, and 17 tackles-for-loss, but his Parkland team ended the year with a disappointing 2-9 record. Still, the future Gamecock received a lot of postseason recognition for his performance on the gridiron in the fall.

"My senior season didn't go as well as I wanted it to," he said. "I made All-County, All-Conference and All-State. I made some strides, I made the East-West All-Star Game as well. I had a good season, but as a whole team we didn't do as well as I thought we should have done."

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