Getting invited to The Opening Finals as a junior is an honor in itself, but then you have to prove yourself. That’s what Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage cornerback Patrick Surtain -- the No. 3 overall player in the 2018 class -- is trying to do this week.
“It’s fun getting better with older guys a class ahead of me,” Surtain said. “Being an underclassman you have to show off your skills and show off your talents.”
The four star, who was measured in at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds this week, is already drawing a lot of attention from college coaches, hoping to get a leg up in his recruitment.
Surtain said LSU and Florida State are two schools that stand out for him early. He’s been talking to the coaches at those schools the most frequently, but is still very open. Surtain still wants to take a number of visits to check out what schools have to offer as he looks for “a place that feels like home.”
USC is one of the schools that Surtain wants to see in person.
“I still haven’t visited them yet, so I want to visit them and see. I have very good interest in them.”
Surtain was taken aback when the Trojans offered him a scholarship earlier in the spring.
“My mind was blown because I know their tradition is great. They have a great coaching staff. National championships like every year.
Surtain hasn’t been out to Los Angeles to check out USC, but he has been getting some early reconnaissance from American Heritage teammate Marco Wilson. The 2017 four-star cornerback visited for the Trojans’ Rising Stars Camp and filled in Surtain on all the details.
“USC is very nice. Marco has been telling me how nice the facilities are and stuff. The coaches treat you well and stuff like that.”