You could say Patrick Surtain, Jr. was born to play the cornerback position.
His father is Patrick Surtain, a former All-Pro cornerback himself, who made a career in the NFL for 11 seasons playing for both the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Naturally, his son has found his edge on the football field at American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.), where he’s caught the attention of several schools. The budding sophomore has already reported 14 offers, including ones from LSU, Alabama and Florida, among others.
Surtain, Jr. has also visited a handful of programs so far. He’s journeyed to Florida, Alabama, LSU, Tennessee and UGA. But it would appear the Tigers have an early advantage.
“I know the defensive backs coach really well, coach Corey (Raymond),” Surtain, Jr. told SEC Country. “I just get along real well with LSU.”
According to Surtain, Jr., coach Raymond has known his father for quite some time and was introduced to him at an early age. There is also more familiarity — Surtain, Jr.’s father was born in New Orleans, La.
But the 6-foot, 180-pound sophomore said his father, who starred at Southern Mississippi, isn’t pressing him to go anywhere. He is heeding his advice, though.
“He just tells me to be humble and be patient,” Surtain, Jr. said. “It’ll come.”
Surtain, Jr. told SEC Country that he’ll likely attend the Alabama-LSU game on Nov. 7.