Eric Cuffee will begin the next stage of his recruitment in a couple weeks.
Official visits are next for the four-star cornerback from Waco, Texas, and one is already set. Cuffee will make a trip back to Notre Dame for its season opener against Texas. He last visited South Bend in June for the Irish Invasion.
“I only have one official visit set up and that’s Notre Dame,” Cuffee said. “I’ll be going there next week for Texas … I just want to see the atmosphere and the environment of the game day.”
Cuffee is working on official visits to Texas A&M and Ole Miss as well.
Notre Dame getting another crack at the 6-foot, 188-pound prospect comes in part thanks to the hard work of defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, with whom Cuffee worked during the Irish Invasion.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford has also been involved as area recruiter.
“Coach Lyght is a great dude,” said Cuffee, who recently visited Texas and Texas A&M. “It speaks for itself. He was an All-American and things in college. He’s a great (defensive backs) coach.”
Over the summer Cuffee released a top eight that included Arkansas, Baylor, Michigan, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M. He’s since added Auburn to the mix and sees the Tigers as a potential contender.
He mentioned Texas A&M as another program already in strong position to make another cut to the list.
“I’d say right now I don’t really know what teams,” Cuffee said. “But A&M is gonna be in my top. Whatever team that I’m serious about and I think is good over another team will be in my top. I can’t really lock that down right now.”
Cuffee will get a unique look during that first official visit, where Notre Dame and Texas will face each other on the field.
“I’ll be looking at it very closely because those are two schools that I like a lot,” Cuffee said. “That’s pretty much it.”
Cuffee plans to use upcoming game day visits as a way to differentiate between those under consideration. He remains on track to make a verbal commitment during the winter.
“Right now I’m just focused on the next game,” Cuffee said. “But at some point I will be narrowing my list down to maybe a three or a four, something like that. Then I’ll be making my announcement at the Under Armour All-America Game.”