In his first recruiting class at SMU, the secondary was one of the few position groups not to have many new players join the Hilltop, however that philosophy appears to be changing with the recruitment of 2016 Waco HS (Tex.) defensive back Eric Cuffee.
“Things have been going good with SMU, I’ve been talking with coach Morris the past couple of days and they seem very interested in me,” Cuffee said, “They actually want me to come on a visit on the 21st.”
Cuffee will indeed visit on Feb. 21 and is looking forward to taking a look at the SMU campus and what it has to offer.
“I’m very excited about going to SMU and looking forward to seeing the facilities and to see how good there academic program is,” Cuffee said.
Cuffee, a 6-0, 190-pound cornerback, has not received an offer from the Mustangs, but the 4-star cornerback knows Chad Morris and his staff would love to have him on the field in a few years if they can get him.
“They’ve basically told me that the football team is going to come up soon and that they would love to have me,” Cuffee said, “They may offer me but they don’t know yet because they’re trying to get a feel for my recruitment and they don’t want to waste an offer on me.”
SMU appears to be climbing into the race however, according to Cuffee, with plenty of time still to go.
‘They’re top 5, they’re a good school” said the Waco defensive back.
Cuffee is no stranger to SMU, as his dad played against the Mustangs while he was at North Texas.
“Well it’s obviously a very good school, in the past they’ve done good things, my dad used to play against them at North Texas and they’re definitely a good school,” Cuffee said.
During his junior season, Cuffee had 40 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 forced fumble and 2 blocked kicks.
The highly touted cornerback believes he can offer a lot in terms of tackling but knows he needs to work on turning his hips, as well as, breaking on the ball in coverage.
“I feel like I am good coming off the edge and taking down runners in the backfield, but I need to work on turning my hips more when I’m back in coverage is definitely what I need to work on,” Cuffee said.
Cuffee has shown the ability in his film to match up with bigger receivers due to his size but, as he pointed out, to truly take the next step he will need to work on breaking towards the ball and his coverage.
The Waco cornerback originally committed to Baylor in the summer of 2014, but opted to go through the rest of the recruitment process.