2017 4-star WR J.T. Cauthen commits to North Carolina, building recruiting momentum

2017 4-star WR J.T. Cauthen commits to North Carolina, building recruiting momentum

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2017 4-star WR J.T. Cauthen commits to North Carolina, building recruiting momentum

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Anyone who thought North Carolina coach Larry Fedora was going to rest of his team’s laurels after a fine 2015 campaign should reconsider. The Tar Heels are off and rolling for 2017 while still trying to finish their Class of 2016 with a flourish.

On Monday, North Carolina received one of its most significant pledges to date. from top-5 overall instate prospect J.T. Cauthen. The Cuthbertson wide receiver announced his college choice on Twitter, choosing Fedora’s Tar Heels ahead of scholarship offers and serious pursuit from the likes of Michigan, Clemson, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee, not to mention more than a dozen other top national programs.

Cauthen should be in position to be on the receiving end of passes from Chazz Surratt, a North Carolina commit in the Class of 2016 who is widely expected to be the program’s future behind center. Landing the likes of Surratt and Cauthen at skill positions in back-to-back classes speaks to North Carolina’s growing pull among in-state players, not to mention its sudden return to national prominence in the aftermath of an appearance in the ACC title game and Russell Athletic Bowl.

A few more years like 2015, and the Tar Heels might be on the same trajectory as Clemson, as is the flux and flow of ACC programs not named Florida State. Particularly if Cauthen and Surratt have their way.

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