BEAVERTON, Ore. — Patrick Surtain Jr. is one of Alabama’s top cornerback targets in the Class of 2018 along with his American Heritage (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) teammate Tyson Campbell, Miami commit Josh Jobe and Jaycee Horn.
Surtain, a 5-star prospect and the nation’s No. 1 cornerback, still has LSU on top of his recruitment. It’s going to be very difficult for any other school to land his commitment, as the Tigers have led for months now.
Alabama is trying to chip away at LSU’s lead, and Surtain said the Crimson Tide are definitely still in the mix for him.
“Of course. I have been talking to Coach Saban a lot,” Surtain told SEC Country at Nike’s The Opening Finals. “He’s been telling me how they are losing a lot of DBs and how it would be a great opportunity for me.”
The Crimson Tide are set to lose defensive backs Tony Brown and Anthony Averett after this season. Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison are likely candidates to declare for the NFL draft after this season. That’s almost Alabama’s entire secondary, so playing time will be readily available in 2018. The Tide also didn’t sign any corners in the Class of 2017.
Still, LSU has a stranglehold on Surtain who is set to visit Baton Rouge later this month.
“I’m just looking to get more involved with the players,” Surtain said. “I want to talk to the players more, talk about the game and talk about how LSU is. I also want to find out what my role would be for them, if I committed.”
The 6-foot-2, 181-pound prospect said he is trying to visit Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Southern California before his senior season begins. He also said he’s looking to make a commitment sometime during the season. If he doesn’t do it then, he’ll wait until National Signing Day.