Lincolnton High two-sport star Sage Surratt said he plans to play football in college.
Surratt, 18, told the Observer Saturday that he has narrowed his college choices to, in the order he listed them, North Carolina, Harvard, Yale, South Carolina and Indiana. Surratt is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior wide receiver and shooting guard. He was All Charlotte Observer and all-state in both sports last season.
Surratt transferred to Lincolnton from East Lincoln this summer.
“I think football is just the best option for me,” said Surratt, who had multiple Division I offers to play college basketball. “I will play football and basketball would be optional for me.”
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Surratt said he plans to visit Harvard Nov. 5, Yale Nov. 22 and is scheduling visits to South Carolina, Indiana and North Carolina.
“This is something I’ve been thinking about for awhile,” he said. “I thought I should play football predominately and maybe try to walk on for basketball, too.”
In basketball, Surratt has scored 2,015 points in three seasons. In 2015-16, Surratt averaged 31.2 points and was one of the nation’s top 10 scorers. He ranks among the top 40 scorers in N.C. public school history.
In football, Surratt has 253 career catches for 3,968 yards and 56 touchdowns. He ranks among the state’s top five historically in catches, yards and touchdown receptions.
Surratt spoke to the Observer en route to Atlanta to watch North Carolina open its college football season against Georgia. Surratt’s older brother, Chazz, is a freshman quarterback with the Tar Heels. Sage Surratt said the thought of joining his brother in college, after playing three season with him at East Lincoln, would be a big draw.
“ I think a lot of people want to see me go there,” Surratt said. “But I don’t know yet. I just know it’s going to be a tough decision when it comes down to and I don’t really know right now.”