One of the Sunshine State’s fastest rising prospects in the latter portion of this season was Pace standout Joe Surratt.
The 6-foot-1, 255-pound fullback with 4.7 speed has developed into a coveted player with several major programs pushing for his signature as Signing Day draws near.
“I’m getting ready to take the rest of my visits,” Surratt said. “I’ll be going to Florida State on the 9th, South Florida on the 16th, Clemson on the 23rd and Auburn on the 30th.
“I’m leaning toward Florida State right now, but I’m still anxious to take my other visits and see what everybody has to offer.”
What makes the Seminoles stand out?
“It’s a great program, great tradition. They’re just winners,” he said. “I want to play for a winning program. Plus, they’re close to home, and I know a bunch of people at the school already. They signed one of my teammates, D.J. Norris, last year.”
Anyone giving FSU the biggest challenge?
“Probably Auburn right now,” he said. “I’m real interested in them because they’re a traditional I-formation team that uses the fullback a lot. I know their offense would be a great fit for me.”
Clemson would not have been a good fit in the past, but Surratt says a change in the Tigers' philosophy has grabbed his attention.
"They're starting to turn into more of an I-formation team," he said. "You could see that developing this season, and they had a lot of success with it. One think I really like about them is there aren't many fullbacks on their roster right now. It's a good situation for a guy to come in and play a lot."
Surratt also visited Southern Miss on Dec. 19.
As a senior, he rushed for 958 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also caught nine passes for 105 yards.