East Lincoln quarterback Chazz Surratt was named Parade All-America’s national player of the year Friday. He is the second Charlotte-area winner in three seasons. In 2014, Davidson Day’s Will Grier was player of the year.
A three-time All-Observer selection, Surratt threw for 3,546 yards and 51 touchdowns as a senior. He ran for 1,345 yards and 15 touchdowns. In four seasons, Surratt led East Lincoln to two N.C. 2AA championships and his teams were 55-6. He ends his career with N.C. records for total offensive yards (16,593) and touchdown responsibility (229).
Parade Magazine editors selected a list of national finalists and Surratt was chosen player of the year by NFL Hall of Famer and television host Michael Strahan. Surratt will be featured in Sunday’s magazine, included in Sunday’s Observer.
Surratt, who is playing basketball this season at East Lincoln, has signed to play football at North Carolina next fall.
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Other players from the Carolinas to make Parade’s All-America team:
▪ Asheville Reynolds running back Rico Dowdle, who signed with South Carolina.
▪ Wake Forest High’s defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, who signed with Clemson.
▪ Spartanburg had two players named honorable mention: quarterback Austin Scott (Eastern Kentucky) and running back Tavien Feaster (Clemson).