Top-ranked CB Surtain starting to narrow his recruitment

Tom Hauck for Student Sports

DAVIE, Fla. -- The seventh-ranked player in the ESPN Junior 300, Patrick Surtain Jr., is close to narrowing down his decision. The top-ranked cornerback in the country wasn’t ready to release an official top 10 but Surtain noted several teams that will be on that list when he does decide to cut his choices down.

“I’m getting to the stage where I’ll be looking to commit soon, like midway through my season,” Surtain said. “I have a list and I’ll release a top 10 soon but I know LSU, Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Miami, Florida and Florida State will be on that list.

“I just like those schools and I like how they stay in contact with me and hit me up on my phone and social media. I just have developed a good relationship with all of those schools and coaches.”

The American Heritage High School (Plantation, Florida) saw several of his teammates this past recruiting season fight with decisions between several big-time programs and said he learned from watching his teammates endure the long recruiting process.

“I learned that the process is very grueling and you have to weigh out all of your options and see what’s the right fit for you,” Surtain said. “Just because something might be right for a teammate, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right fit for you.”

Surtain is the son of former NFL defensive back Patrick Surtain. The younger Surtain admits his dad gives him some advice on how to handle the recruiting process.

“He just tells me stay humble and weigh out my options and whatever feels right, whatever feels like home, that’s where I should go.”

The five-star has also begun planning visits.

I’m visiting LSU on March 25th,” he said, “and I’m going to hopefully visit Ohio State, Florida State, Clemson and Florida, too this spring or summer.”

Despite several schools standing out, Surtain admits that he does have one school in mind.

“Yeah I have a school in mind I think, but I’m not ready to make a decision. I’m just keeping an open mind and want to see what happens on some of my visits.”