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Will Patrick Surtain Jr. stay in the state of Florida?

Ari Russell



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American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida rolled to the Florida State 5A state title in a 44-15 win over Baker County. The win was the 28th straight for Patrick Surtain Sr., who’s the head coach for American Heritage and who’s son, Patrick Surtain Jr. is a Five star DB and considered the #1 player at the position in the entire country.

The recruiting for Surtain Jr. has been typical for a five star recruit, but the real questions is: whether he will stay in the state of Florida with the first ever early December signing day coming?

His father of course was a three time All-Pro for the Miami Dolphins. Since becoming head coach of American Heritage in 2016, Surtain the elder has had great success, with his son becoming one of the most coveted recruits in the country.

Back to Jr, from what it stands right now, his decision is still up in the air. At one point LSU was seemingly in the lead however the changes to the coaches in the state could perhaps make a difference. Will the hiring of Dan Mullen mean that Surtain Jr. picks the Gators? Who knows? Does Willie Taggart have any magic to lure the young man to Florida State? Again, who knows?

Now what about the Miami Hurricanes? As of right now they aren’t in the contention that the Gators and LSU are for Surtain Jr. however the recruiting process is funny. He does have an offer and you know that turnover chain has injected a lot of energy into the defense. Plus Manny Diaz is know for playing true freshman at any given position which could be a plus…

Okay Okay Okay, obviously my Miami bias is showing right now, but he would be a good fit. You also know Alabama is going to make a push, as well as Ohio State. Also who knows what else the college football playoff will play in regards to final decision making. Clemson seems to be a hot spot these days too.

Keeping Surtain Jr. in state obviously something Florida, Miami and FSU want to do. That said he’s a huge prospect and everyone is after his tail. We shall see what goes down in the coming weeks. Will he sign during the early period or wait until February. My guess is February, but you never know.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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