Cauthen Continues The Process

With senior Reggie Love graduating and the running game looking less reliable next season, the Blue Devils are in need of a top flight receiver in the class of 2004. To that end Duke appears to be making a run at a top Georgia wideout.

One of the fastest rising names at Hargrave (VA) military academy is that of wide receiver Armand Cauthen, and there is good reason why. The 6-foot-1, 190 pounder, who hails from Douglasville, Georgia originally, has spent much of this season being groomed for big time interest from a number of division one coaches.

Schools such as Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest have all been among the most active in their recruitment of him. Of that group the Blue Devils, Cardinals, and Deacons have all extended scholarship offers. Hes also got offers from East Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Ohio University.

Cauthen spent most of last summer working with a personal trainer in hopes of increasing his speed and strength. The work paid off as he is consistently hitting the 4.5 mark in the forty, though his personal best is 4.47.

Aside from the work with the trainer, he spend time camping at local powerhouse programs including Georgia and Auburn.

TheInsiders.coms Miller Safrit, the regional recruiting director for the Atlantic Coast, has spent most of the fall traveling around to watch some of the top high school programs in the region. Upon visiting Hargrave, Safrit reports the following analysis of Cauthen:

Hes thought of as a possession receiver by some, but Cauthen really caught the eye of colleges based on his improvement from high school to prep school. He is consistently showing tremendous poise, leadership, and great hands while scoring many touchdowns on the year. However, the most impressive asset thus far is a tremendous leaping ability helping the 6-foot-1, 195 pounder extend his playing ability up and over defensive backs.

So far this season hes totaled 42 catches for nearly 580 yards.

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