The Tar Heels received a pledge from another elite 2017 prospect on Tuesday – four-star talent J.T. Cauthen verbally committed to UNC, according to IC sources.
Cauthen, a 6-foot-1, 214-pound wide receiver from Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson, selected UNC over scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
“He’s a kid well beyond his years,” Cuthbertson head coach David Johnson said. “He’s really able to dominate some games. He just has great hands. When I first saw him walk on the field, I thought he was a junior or senior just by his body build.”
Gunter Brewer, UNC’s wide receivers coach, offered Cauthen after his performance at Fedora’s Freak Show prior to his sophomore season.
“I think they’re attracted to the ceiling," Johnson said. "I think when you look at it, there’re plays he makes where there’s just this freakish athletic ability. He makes a play here and he makes a play there and it’s like ‘Wow.’ You expect a senior to make that play, but you don’t expect a freshman or sophomore to make that play.”
by Don Callahan
"Cauthen is a physical – but quick – possession receiver. He always high-points the ball and catches away from his body, has strong enough hands to make grabs in traffic. He is quick, shifty, and physical off the line, which makes it difficult to disrupt his route timing. His aforementioned quickness also allowed him to run sharp routes and thus create separation."