WR Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Denver, NC (East Lincoln)
247 RATING: .8372
POSITION RANK: 11
Receiving: 107 catches, 1,582 yards (14.8 ypc), 15 touchdowns
Receiving: 66 catches, 1,001 yards (15.2 ypc), 11 touchdowns
Sage Surratt Breakdown
The Surratt brothers both return to college football as two of the best at their respective positions. Chazz at North Carolina is one of the best linebackers in the country getting a lot of attention, but it was his brother Sage at Wake Forest who’s the new kid on the block. While they might not be teammates, they motivate each other to get better, and Sage is ready to take the next step in his development.
After suffering a season ending injury against Virginia Tech, Surratt needed to make a decision about his future. He ultimately chose to return to Wake Forest, and now gives the Demon Deacons one of the best receivers in the country. With Jamie Newman gone, he’ll need to find chemistry with a new starting quarterback. But he brings a skillset that will make the transition easy.
Surratt’s a quarterback’s dream in a way. While he can dominate his defender, he also brings a physicality that allows his quarterback to throw the ball up at times and let him go to work. Strong hands and ability to box out his defender help him come down with the pass, and he’s not going to lose positioning often.
Speed and separation aren’t going to appear in his game at an elite level, but he’s still a smooth runner capable of getting open. He focuses on the technical side of running routes, and he’s shown the ability to get off the line and shake his man early in his route. Head fakes and sharp cuts tend to flip the defensive back’s hips quickly, and he heads the other direction.
Chazz admitted that his brother was underrecruited growing up, but Sage is now getting the attention he deservers. How he recovered from his injury will be something to watch, but a healthy Surratt makes Wake Forest tough to stop. Even with a new quarterback. Both brothers have a future in the NFL, and Sage will get another chance to terrorize secondaries in the ACC and elevate his drat stock.