2017 receiver talks ECU offer and more

ECU offered big time 2017 receiver J.T. Cauthen recently. Even with an array of offers from powerhouse schools, he talked about small schools and what they can do to stay in the mix.

He’s only a rising junior at Cuthbertson high school (Waxhaw, NC), yet J.T. Cauthen has offers from some of the nation’s most recognizable football programs.

East Carolina threw its name into the hat when it offered Cauthen in late April, though it seems unlikely that the Pirates will land the 6-foot-1, 219-pound receiver.

Cauthen currently has offers from Tennessee, Michigan, North Carolina, West Virginia, Clemson and more. He’s ranked as the No. 18 receiver in the nation, according to scout and with two high school seasons left to play, Cauthen is sure to attract more interest.

Even with the multitude of big name offers, Cauthen has been steadfast in not ruling out any possibilities — including smaller schools like ECU.

“Even though they might not be as big of a school, they can still act like they are a bigger school,” Cauthen said of non-traditional programs. “They tell me things that I like and things that I don’t like and they’re being straight up as if they were a big school.”

Cauthen admitted that he doesn’t know much about the Pirates but he is looking forward to having more conversation with the ECU coaching staff moving forward.

“I don’t really know much about them,” he said. “(Ruffin McNeill) seems like a straight-up guy, he doesn’t bite his tongue and tells me what he does, what he’s been doing and how he lives by it.”

As a sophomore at Cuthbertson last season, Cauthen hauled in 104 receptions for 1,464 yards and 15 touchdowns. In the meantime, Clemson, Tennessee and North Carolina have been recruiting him the hardest but more SEC and AAC schools are sure to join to the mix.

Even with the offers, the schools may have to wait as Cauthen noted that he’s not interested in rushing the process and making mistakes.

“I’ve just been talking to some coaches, trying to get more offers and grinding,” Cauthen said. “I still have some time on my hands. It is special yet I want to pick the place that’s right for me. I don’t want to just rush through this and just do everything to commit right away to some school. I want to take my time with it.”

While he didn’t mention any ECU visits or camps coming up, Cauthen will be at Duke this Sunday for a camp and will spend more of his summer at different schools trying to turn heads and get more offers.

Cauthen has made a list of things that he wants to improve on when football season rolls around.

“Break more records and get better every game,” he said. “I’m not a finished product, I have to work on things and get better.”

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