Wake Forest receiver Sage Surratt opting out to prepare for 2021 NFL draft

Wake Forest receiver Sage Surratt announced Wednesday he is opting out of the upcoming season to prepare for the 2021 NFL draft.

In a statement posted on social media, Surratt cited uncertainties and risks associated with the coronavirus.

Last December, Surratt had a chance to leave school early but opted to return for his redshirt junior season.

Surratt, one of the top returning receivers in college football, was a first-team All-ACC selection a year ago despite an injury-shortened season. In 2019, he had 1,001 yards receiving and 11 touchdown catches -- the most at Wake Forest since Ricky Proehl had 11 in 1989.