"I did some research (on Missouri)," explained Cuffee. "And, Coach Henson pretty much sold it to me. I liked (Missouri). I talked it over with my parents, and I felt like it was the place for me."
Cuffee, who played QB last year, had been recruited as a QB by several FCS schools. Since he switched to safety, and his coach put out some feelers, Cuffee had received offers from Oklahoma State and Texas Tech, in addition to Missouri.
Cuffee has posted a personal best in the power clean of 275 pounds, and is planning to take a visit to Missouri "sometime this summer." He's also a good student.
"Coach Pinkel told me that he was excited for me to be part of the Tiger squad," said Cuffee. "I'm very excited about it, too!"
Cuffee's coach, Phil Young, said that he "guarantees" that Cuffee will stick with his verbal commitment to Missouri.
Coach Young was effusive with his praise of Cuffee's potential as a safety prospect.
"He's very strong, and very fast," said Coach Young, describing Chaston Cuffee. "This kid is going to be a big, explosive kid, in about two years. He's big right now. He's put together very well. But, he can close in a hurry."