In a packed gym at East Lincoln High School, quarterback Chazz Surratt announced that he will play his college football at Duke.
The junior chose the Blue Devils over North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Clemson.
"It was too much of an opportunity to pass up," said Chazz. "I think they are doing something special at Duke and I'm just happy to be a part of it."
Some schools wanted Chazz to play wide receiver on the next level but he wanted to continue as a signal caller and Duke agrees. Now he gets to work with one of the best quarterback coaches in Duke head coach David Cutcliffe.
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"That was the main thing in my recruiting process," said Chazz. "He's coached Peyton and Eli Manning. As a QB it's a blessing to be under his tutelage."
He will certainly bring some impressive stats to Durham when he finally steps on campus. In Chazz's junior season at East Lincoln, he helped lead the Mustangs to the 2AA State Championship and got All State honors after throwing for over 43 hundred yards and 53 TD. He also rushed for over 12 hundred yards with 20 TD.
In his first full season as the starting QB in 2013, Chazz threw for 19 hundred yards and 20 TD. He rushed for 12 hundred yards and 9 TD.
As a freshman, he was a thousand yard wide receiver with 10 TD. He was a key player in the Mustang's 2A State Championship team. The 1st state title in football for the program.
Chazz does not plan to graduate early in December and join Duke for spring practice next year. He still has "unfinished business" in basketball as East Lincoln made it to the 2A State Title game back in March only to lose to Kinston in the championship. Chazz was All State this year in basketball and the Mustangs return most of that team for another possible run to the title game in 2016.
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