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Derrick Mahone/Douglas County Sentinel Douglas County tight end Aaron Cauthen has set up a couple official college visits as National Signing Day nears.

With National Signing Day only 12 days away, Douglas County High senior Aaron Cauthen’s future is beginning to come into focus.

The all-region tight end has set up a couple official college visits over the next two weekends.

The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder will be in Nashville this weekend to visit Tennessee State University. He is scheduled to take an official visit to Furman on Jan. 29-30.

Both schools are Div. I on the Football Championship Division, the second-highest division in college football.

On Wednesday, Cauthen had an in-home visit with coaches from Furman.

“Everything is going well and it is very exciting,” Cauthen said. “I’m very pleased with the way things are going right now.”

Cauthen is hoping that both schools will make an official offer during his visit.

He said he had earlier offers from Old Dominion, Mercer and Georgia State, but after the schools got targeted recruit the offers were pulled. Both Old Dominion and Mercer are on the FCS level while Georgia State will be in its third year on the Football Bowl Subdivision level.

Cauthen said he has been in touch with coaches from Florida about a possible preferred walk-on opportunity.

“If that happens a lot will change for me,” said Cauthen, who is qualified under NCAA rules to play as a freshman. “It is going to be interesting over the next two weeks.”

After making a switch from the quarterback position to tight end, Cauthen was named first-team All-Reigon 3-AAAAAA by the coaches. He had 11 receptions for 118 yards and three touchdowns.

He missed his entered junior year with a knee injury.

“I think a lot of coaches have taken that in consideration alone with playing a new position,” he said. “I’m just waiting to see what happens on these visits.”

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