Sage Surratt: What To Know After Opt Out

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Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Sage Surratt is opting out of the 2020 college football season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Surratt had 66 receptions for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns last season in nine games. In 2018, he had 41 receptions for 581 yards and four touchdowns in his first college season.

Here's what our scout Joe Marino had to say:

Surratt was originally committed to Harvard but passed on that opportunity because he wanted to play football in a power five conference, an opportunity that was afforded to him by Wake Forest. The first thing that becomes apparent when watching Surratt on film is that he’s a natural athlete and supreme competitor. It comes as no surprise that he’s arguably the best prep athlete in North Carolina History. A basketball star at Lincolnton High School, Surratt finished his career as North Carolina’s No. 2 scorer in state history with 2,951 career points. As a senior, Surratt had seven 40-points plus games, three 50-points plus games and broke his own single-game scoring record with 57 against Bandys High School.
Surratt is North Carolina’s career record holder in receptions (366), yards (5,926), and touchdown receptions (80). In his final season, Surratt was North Carolina’s AP Offensive Player of the Year after catching 129 passes for 2,104 yards and scoring 28 touchdowns. Those marks for receptions and yards are both single-season state records.
While Surratt won’t be confused as a quick-twitch or sudden athlete, he is smooth and has terrific play strength. Whether it’s at the release, in his route stems, at the top of routes, or at the catch point, Surratt is seemingly unfazed when challenged with physicality. That, combined with terrific ball skills make him a prototypical “X” receiver at the next level. Surratt has wonderful body control, plucky hands, and is a monster at the catch point.

Earlier this month, notable names like Miami Hurricanes EDGE Greg RousseauPenn State Linebacker Micah ParsonsVirginia Tech CB Caleb FarleyMinnesota WR Rashod BatemanPurdue WR Rondale Moore and Pitt Panthers defensive lineman Jaylen Twyman opted out of the 2020 season. On August 18th, Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Jalen Mayfield declared for the 2021 NFL Draft in the wake of the Big Ten postponing its season.

The First-Team All-ACC selection from last season recently came in at No. 48 on the TDN Top 100 big board.

Here are some excerpts from his scouting report. You can read the full report here.

PROS: Natural athlete with terrific size. Physical with excellent play strength. Easily deals with contact during the release, as a route-runner, at the catch point and as a ball-carrier. Does well to use his strength and size to stack corners and create leverage. Fluid vertical route-runner that executes seamless vertical cuts and knows how to use his hands. Hands are firm and plucky—regularly snatches the football away from his frame and holds on through contact.

CONS: Twitch, suddenness, and lateral athleticism are below average, often leading to a reliance on his size and strength to uncover. Should not be expected to plant his foot in the ground and snap off an explosive horizontal or downhill cut. 

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