Marcus Benjamin @_benjaminmoney
Plantation, FL – The son of the All Pro NFL cornerback, will play his college ball at the University of Alabama. The Tide rolls with flipping the five star from LSU on national signing day. The 6’2” 200 pound athlete is highly considered the best defensive back in the country.
“It was between LSU and Alabama.” said Patrick Surtain, Jr. “It was a tough decision but I feel like I made the right decision. The more I thought about it and the more I talked about it with my parents, I realized Alabama was the right choice for me.”
The decision was an emotional one for Junior, in that his family is from the state of Louisiana. The prospect was favored to play in Baton Rouge before electing to play for their SEC West rival.
“I actually broke down to tears,” said Surtain, Jr. “It was a tough process but the process was right for me and I can’t wait to be on Alabama’s campus.”
His father and high school head coach Pat Surtain, was with him along the way and guided him throughout and seen his son grow as a player and as a man. Surtain thinks Bama was the right fit for Junior.
“It was nerve racking man,” said Surtain. “He was so torn between LSU and Alabama but at the end of day he made a decision that was right for him for the next three to four years.”
“It’s a great bond we have,” said Junior. “For him to be my mentor and also my father. I look up to him. It’s a blessing to have him as a Dad.”
Surtain Jr. is looking to play early and often for the Tide as coaches expect play as a freshman. The 2017 national champions do not bring a ton of experience back for 2018. There will be plenty of opportunity for Junior to continue the Surtain legacy and winning the starting job right away.
First round draft prospect and former five star recruit Minkah Fitzpatrick leaves a hole open for the next shutdown corner. True freshman have already shown they can help teams win championships. Freshman Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa made the throw in overtime to put another trophy in Tuscaloosa.
“They expect me to compete early. They definitely see me playing early.”