Cuffee Closing in on TCU offer?

Waco, Texas 2016 four-star cornerback Eric Cuffee has drawn interest from several teams across the nation including TCU. Are the Frogs close to offering the Scout.com Top 300 prospect?

TCU is off to their best start since joining the Big 12 prior to the 2012 season. The Frogs are riding high with a 7-1 record, including 4-1 in Big 12 play, and are currently ranked as the No. 6 team in the country.

With success on the field, the Frogs appear to be in great position to enjoy success on the recruiting trail as well with several top players from the 2015 and 2016 classes heavily considering the Frogs.

The Frogs have seventeen commits for their 2015 class, which currently sits at No. 25 in the Scout.com team rankings. Their 2016 class has already started with a bang with four-star quarterback Brennen Wooten and defensive end Jonathan Marshall.

Among the prospects heavily considering TCU is Waco High’s Eric Cuffee. The four-star prospect is rated as the nation’s No. 18 cornerback prospect and the No. 159 overall player in the Scout.com Top 300.

The 6-foot, 190-pounder already holds reported offers from Baylor and Oklahoma and is getting interest from coast to coast.

“I’m hearing from TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Notre Dame and Cal,” he said. “Most of them have all talked about offering.”

Cuffee says at the moment TCU is recruiting him the hardest. He’s already developed a great relationship with the coaching staff and as many others have already said this recruiting period; he feels like he’s already part of the family.

“TCU is recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “Coach (Chad) Glasgow, Coach (Zarnell)Fitch and Coach (Jeremy)Modkins are recruiting me. They’re real good; they treat me like family; it’s just real nice up there. TCU is the right fit for me I think.”

This Saturday will mark yet another visit for Cuffee as he plans to be in attendance when the Frogs host No. 7 Kansas State. Cuffee likes what he sees from the Frogs on defense and knows he’s a good fit for their system.

“I’ve been to two or three games; I like their defensive scheme,” Cuffee said. “Coach Patterson is one of the top defensive coaches in college and that’s what I like about them. I think I could fit in pretty good with the defense; they tell me all the time that I’d fit in perfect with the defense. I feel pretty comfortable with their defense.”

With two Big 12 offers on the table, Cuffee says it should be just a matter of time before the Frogs join the fold. He spoke to Glasgow just a few days ago to discuss the possibility of receiving an offer.

“The last time I spoke with him was two days ago and he was telling me that it would be real, real soon so I should be waiting on it,” he said of receiving a TCU offer.

And if the Frogs do offer, where do they currently stand?

“They’re my top school,” Cuffee said of TCU. “They’re a good team and they’re ranked in the top ten in the nation.”

Helping the Frogs cause is Wooten, who Cuffee says has become one of his best friends once he found out the Frogs were pursuing him. Cuffee says Wooten is persistent in letting him know where he fits in best.

“Man, Brennen Wooten is like my best friend out of nowhere,” he said. “He’s been talking with me; he’s talked to me every day; every day.”

In addition to TCU, Cuffee is looking for defensive-minded programs that are relatively close to home.

“Texas because it’s close to home and other defensive schools,” he said. “Texas is a good defensive school; I’m not looking at any far schools that are out of state. Mississippi State is a good school and Arkansas is a good school. That’s really it that I can think of right now.”

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