Highly-Recruited Cuffee Eyes Arkansas Visit

In his weekly recruiting for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Waco, Texas, cornerback, who has 31 offers, invites to the Under Armour All-American Game and Nike's The Opening and plans to visit Arkansas in June. This story is free and courtesy of the NWA Chevy Dealers. Click the banner to learn more.

In an attempt to cut his 31 offers down to a manageable 10, Waco, Texas, cornerback Eric Cuffee will visit Arkansas in early June.

Cuffee (6-0, 188), a four-star prospect who has been selected to play in the Under Armour All-American game, is being recruited by Razorback secondary Clay Jennings.

“Coach Jennings is from my hometown and we have a great relationship and he has done a lot to convince me that Arkansas would be a great place for me to play in college.

“I want to get up there and have a chance to really check out the campus and the school. I think they are a good program that is really coming on.”

He is well aware that Jennings – who was in Waco to see him last week - has some 10 defensive backs that he mentored now playing in the NFL.

“He really knows what he is doing and is a great coach and just a great man, too,” Cuffee said.

Cuffee, who has earned an invitation to Nike’s prestigious The Opening, certainly has the option of playing at numerous schools in either the SEC or Big 12.

In addition to Arkansas, he has offers from SEC program Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Texas A&M, who became his latest offer on Tuesday.

His Big 12 offers include Baylor – which is just miles away from his house - TCU, Texas, Oklahoma as well as schools such as Michigan and Notre Dame.

“I’m thinking by the time I am at The Opening, I will know enough to narrow it down to 10 schools,” Cuffee said. “That is my next step and then I’ll go from there to setting up the schools that I want to take official visits to see.

“I definitely want to see what those schools are like on a football weekend.”

He’s planning summer visits to almost all of those schools.

“Having that many offers is a bit overwhelming, but I have got the opportunity to go see a lot of places and really get a chance to check out the overall programs and school,” Cuffee said. “I feel very blessed to have such an opportunity.”

Cuffee is coming off a junior season in which he 96 tackles and nine pass break ups.

“I think I have really good coverage skills and can cover the entire field,” Cuffee said. “I am continuing to work on just getting bigger and stronger.”

Cuffee, who sports a 3.8 grade point average, is not just going to college to play football.

He has plans to either major in business or go to law school or a combination of both.

“I think being a corporate lawyer would be a great thing,” Cuffee said. “It is something that I am very interest in – both business and the law.”

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