BEAVERTON, Ore. - Eric Cuffee worked on his recruitment at The Opening while also working on his game.
Eleven programs remain standing for the four-star cornerback from Waco, Texas.
“I really looked at the teams that showed me the most love,” Cuffee said. “By then I just knew these were probably the schools I was most comfortable with.”
Cuffee is fresh off a visit to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion last month. He spent the weekend on campus, connected with the coaching staff and worked out with defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, his primary recruiter.
Notre Dame is in line, along with Michigan, to receive an official visit during the season. Cuffee is still in the process of setting up those trips.
“I just want to see how it feels on a game day environment,” he said. “See how they compete and see how the players correlate when they’re on the field and off the field.”
Since wrapping up the trip to Notre Dame, some things have stuck.
“It’s a great place to be,” said Cuffee, who plans to see Alabama and Ole Miss this month. “It’s a great environment. It’s a prestigious school. I like that as well. That’s one of the things that boosts them up the most to me.”
Another feather in Notre Dame’s cap is Lyght, who’s been leading the charge in keeping the Irish heavily involved.
Cuffee communicates with Lyght regularly and has been impressed by his resume. Lyght was a two-time All-American at Notre Dame before a 12-year NFL career that included a Super Bowl championship and Pro Bowl appearance.
Working with Lyght at the Irish Invasion proved a unique opportunity.
“He’s a great coach, man,” Cuffee said. “He’s a phenomenal coach. He’s actually been through what I wanna go through in my life. That’s a big influence to me too.”
Lyght will do his best to keep Notre Dame in play when Cuffee makes another cut. The cornerback sees that coming down during the season with a winter announcement planned.
“It’ll probably be like the middle of the season,” Cuffee said. “Middle of the football season, like November. I’m probably committing at the Under Armour All-America Game.”