January 20, 2004

'Noles land bruising FB for commitment No. 13

red ticket Scouting Video: Joe Surratt

Florida State has a pretty good history producing outstanding fullbacks like Edgar Bennett, Zach Crockett and William Floyd. It may be a while before Pace High School standout Joe Surratt is mentioned in the same breath with the former Seminole greats, but he will certainly get that chance. His father, Tim, confirmed with Warchant.com Tuesday that the 6-foot-1, 250-pound fullback gave a verbal commitment to Bobby Bowden and Mickey Andrews in the afternoon during a visit at the school.

"They have a living legend coaching staff there, the consistency and the tenure is unsurpassed by a lot of colleges in the nation," Tim Surratt said. "Whether it's coach Andrews or coach Bowden, a lot of the staff have been there quite a while. The running backs coach (Billy Sexton) has been there quite a while. So the coaching, that's a no-brainer there. Also, we got a super impression of the facilities, they are second to none - we got to go down the see the weight room and the training room. The layout of the stadium is remarkable for the athletes."

The all-state fullback was leaning to Florida State since he received a scholarship offer a couple months ago, and his interest only became stronger after he visited the campus two weekends ago.

"I really like the environment and their football program," Surratt previously told Warchant.com. "They have a lot of tradition and I just feel comfortable there. It's a real nice school. I also have a teammate there that was here last year, D.J. Norris."

As a senior, the 6-foot-1, 255-pound fullback helped his team to a berth in the 4A state playoffs while rushing for over 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. Even with his large frame, Surratt has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.7 seconds. He also boasts an impressive 380-pound bench, and a 525-pound squat.

Surratt selected FSU over Clemson, Auburn, USF and Southern Miss. He is fully qualified with a 3.0 GPA and a 19 on the ACT.

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