I agree with your second point.
There is no way you can digest and burn the preworkout meal soon enough to have it used as fuel. Besides, the physical demands of activity will will determine which source your body will go to, and you already have glycogen and fat stores.
The point of eating before working out would be to keep insulin high so that whatever nutrients you intake during workout or even PWO will go where they need to go.
This is why I think taking half a serving of Surge Recovery pre-workout, then a second half + whey PWO is probably a good strategy.
Or, if you've had a good insulin spiking meal pre-workout, Surge Recovery or the resultant insulin rush from it is probably not necessary, but at least get in some protein (whey/casein) so you can capitalize off the pre-workout meal's insulin response.