Cauthen A UNC Priority

2017 wideout J.T. Cauthen is already speaking regularly with the Tar Heel staff.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- While North Carolina’s focus is obviously on the 2016 class, it’s becoming apparent who one of the Tar Heels’ top 2017 recruits will be – J.T. Cauthen.

Gunter Brewer, who not only recruits the greater Charlotte area but also serves as UNC’s wide receivers coach, is administrating the Tar Heels’ pursuit of Cauthen, a 6-foot-1, 201-pound wide receiver from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson.

“I definitely feel like I’m a priority for [Brewer],” Cauthen said. “He visits [Cuthbertson] when he can and makes sure I feel like they want me.”

Brewer made Cuthbertson one of his first stops of the Spring Evaluation Period.

Cauthen has reciprocated the interest, which is paramount since NCAA rules limit contact with ’17 prospects.

“I call [Brewer] every couple of weeks,” Cauthen said. “He seems like a very caring guy – he cares for his players. He’s a great guy. He’s a great guy and a great coach.”

UNC is one of 17 schools to have offered Cauthen. Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Vanderbilt are among the more recent schools to offer.

Although he has named favorites in the past, an endless flow of offers has forced Cauthen to take a step back.

“It’s been a fun experience and I just want to thank God for it,” Cauthen said. “I’m just keeping humble and I’m just going to keep looking into schools and get better every year. I’m not going to say I’m here or I’m there.”

Cauthen, who last visited UNC for a junior day in January, most recently attended Georgia’s Spring Game. He plans to return to Athens this summer for a camp as his travel focus shifts to the camping circuit.

Also this summer, Cauthen plans to camp at Clemson, NC State, and return to Chapel Hill for Fedora’s Freak Show. It was during last year’s Freak Show that he earned his UNC offer.

“This year, I’m looking forward to the competition [at the Freak Show],” Cauthen said. “I like competition and there was a lot there last year, so I expect it again this year.”

Cauthen had an extraordinary sophomore season. While Cuthbertson went 11-4 and reached the semifinals of the NCHSAA 3AA playoffs, he caught 104 passes for 1,451 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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