Four-star eyes summer visit

Four-star cornerback Eric Cuffee is keeping things wide open during the spring evaluation period. Notre Dame hopes to distinguish itself enough to get Cuffee on campus next month for camp.

Eric Cuffee doesn’t see much difference between new scholarships and established offers.

Several coaches have made their way to Waco, Texas, for a closer look at the four-star cornerback over the last few weeks. Florida and Texas A&M sent offers his way earlier this week. But Cuffee isn’t trying to differentiate just yet.

“Right now I don’t balance anything,” Cuffee said. “I’m just taking it easy. I’m gonna take my time, visit these colleges and make the right decision.”

Other offers on the table include Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Cal, Kansas State, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Stanford, TCU, UCLA, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

Notre Dame dispatched defensive backs coach Todd Lyght earlier in the spring evaluation period. Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford, the area recruiter, followed up by visiting this week.

Cuffee has also spoken with head coach Brian Kelly directly.

“I actually talked to Notre Dame again (Wednesday),” said Cuffee, who hopes to visit Michigan and some SEC programs this summer. “Coach Sanford came down from Notre Dame and he talked to my coaches and everything. He watched me work out.”

Sanford and Lyght are trying to convince the 5-foot-11, 188-pound prospect to visit. Cuffee said that’s something he’s “definitely” trying to make happen.

“They’re trying to get me up there in June for camp or something like that,” Cuffee said.

Cuffee plans to use summer visits as an opportunity to start cutting down the list. Most likely he’ll spend more time seeing out-of-state programs with which he’s less familiar.

Once that process is complete it will be time to compare and contrast.

“I’ll take my visits and just take my time and scan it out and see how it is,” Cuffee said. “I’ll see how those colleges were and then start making my decision on what schools I wanna go to and what ones I don’t wanna go to.”

Whether that will lead to a decision before the season or not remains to be seen.

“I was probably doing it before but I don’t know,” Cuffee said. “I might do it at the Under Armour All-America Game. I haven’t made up my mind.”


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