UNC Strongly In Mix For Cauthen

Four-star wide receiver J.T. Cauthen is only a junior, but he knows his commitment timeframe -- and he knows the Tar Heel program very well.

WAXHAW, N.C. --- Considering he’s a 2017 prospect, four-star wide receiver J.T. Cauthen has a surprising commitment time frame.

“I want to try to commit during this season or hopefully shortly after,” Cauthen said. “I want to have a school so that I can just get comfortable with that team and get comfortable with their coaches.”

Despite the aforementioned time frame, Cauthen doesn’t claim any favorite schools. The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Cuthbertson product says he’s considering all 20 of his scholarship offers.

Cauthen did admit, though, that he envisions North Carolina lasting for the long haul.

“North Carolina feels like here [at Cuthbertson] – it feels like home,” Cauthen said. “And it’s not too far from my family, my family likes that school, and Coach [Gunter] Brewer and I, we’ve had a relationship since I was a freshman.”

Not only does Brewer coach UNC’s wide receivers, but he also recruits the greater Charlotte area for the Tar Heels.

“He came out here and watched me practice as a freshman,” Cauthen said. “That says a lot. Even when he hadn’t offered me, he could tell me what I was doing wrong in practice, what I was doing right – he acted like he was coaching me. And he’s a nice guy.”

As for the other programs that he’s truly considering, Cauthen’s desired game visits perhaps provide a glimpse into the contenders.

“I’m looking at Georgia, I’m looking at South Carolina, I’m looking at Clemson, I’m looking at UNC, and I’m looking at some other schools like [Alabama] and Auburn,” Cauthen said. “I just have to sit down with my dad and talk about it.”

Two games that Cauthen plans to ask his father about are the UNC-South Carolina opener in Charlotte and the Tar Heels’ rivalry match with Duke.

During the spring, Cauthen visited Clemson, Georgia, and UNC. His summer travel schedule was just as exclusive – only Duke and UNC received a visit. His Tar Heel visits included a January junior day, followed by Fedora’s Freak Show in June.

Despite his youth, Cauthen is a veteran of the Freak Show. He was the lone repeat attendee during the elite camp’s 2015 edition.

“I knew what to expect,” Cauthen said. “Competition, I knew what type of guys to expect there, including some of the top cornerbacks in the nation. I knew that I had to come out and put forth more effort, even though I knew what to expect.”

A year ago, Cauthen arrived at the Freak Show as a prospect whose recruitment was just beginning to take off. As part of that ascension, he earned a UNC scholarship with his performance during last summer’s event.

“There really wasn’t that much of a difference with my mindset [this summer],” Cauthen said. “I planned on going hard and that’s what I did.”

Prior to actual camp activities, Cauthen met with both Brewer and Larry Fedora.

“They told me, ‘This is always home to you, we want you to come back as much as possible; and we’re family and we’ll take care of you,’” Cauthen said.

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