According to Cauthen, Saturday’s schedule included meeting the entire coaching staff, a tour of the football facilities, introductions from others such as strength coach Lou Hernandez, and the UNC-Florida State basketball game.
“It was great,” Cauthen said. “The school was really nice. Everybody is so nice and friendly. And going into the locker room and all that and learning what they do was really cool. The whole day was fun.”
Being one of the top 2017 in-state recruits – if not top in-state recruit regardless of class – Cauthen was also treated to a meeting with Larry Fedora.
“He was talking about football and me coming down there, but not only that but more importantly my academics and how they could aid me in that,” Cauthen said. “He talked about how they care about not only football, but also later on in life – like being a better man and how they can help us after football.”
Cauthen also met with Gunter Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach who also happens to be Cauthen’s area recruiter.
“We talked kind of the same topic as Coach Fedora, but he recommended a book by Coach [Tony] Dungy,” Cauthen said. “I’m going to read it. It talks about how to develop into a man more than about football.”
Cauthen will continue attending junior days this coming Saturday when he travels to Raleigh for NC State’s Junior Day. He also plans to visit Clemson sometime in March and is working on trips to Georgia and Tennessee in the coming months.
“I just want to get around all over the place and visit some schools,” Cauthen said.
Although early, Cauthen says that Clemson, Georgia, Kentucky, UNC, and Tennessee are sticking out. All five schools, plus five others, have offered.
Cauthen’s favorites list has a strong SEC theme for a reason.
“I like the dominance [of the SEC] and just the athletes,” Cauthen said. “I like the talent and the competition. That’s what I like most – competition.”
As for the ACC outliers, Clemson and UNC:
“Clemson, they’ve been after me since I moved up to varsity,” Cauthen said. “I want to stick with them because they’ve stuck with me. I like them too – I went down there for camp last summer and that was fun. And Coach [Danny] Pearman is a good guy and a great recruiter.
“North Carolina came in a little bit after Clemson. Coach Brewer, he’s a great coach. He’s coached a lot of receivers into the NFL. I really enjoy talking with him.”