Believed to be a Texas lean for a while, 2016 4-star cornerback Eric Cuffee of Waco HS on Thursday publicly committed to be a Longhorn.

Cuffee, a Scout 300 player (ranked No. 226), measures 6-feet-1 and 190 pounds and runs 4.4 in the 40, according to Marty Herbst, Cuffee's coach at Waco HS.

"Eric's probably the strongest defensive back around in high school with great size and speed, and those are things you can't coach," Herbst said. "Maybe there are kids a little taller or a little faster, but I doubt you'll find them as strong as Eric. Once he gets his hands on a receiver at the line, it's hard for those receivers to get off the line and into their route.

"Eric has exceptional character. He's never going to do anything on or off the field that is going to make you upset as a coach. He was probably the most future-minded and driven kid I've had coming into ninth grade. He knew he was going to be a college-level player. Others hope. He knew it, and he wasn't going to do anything to mess that up - and didn't."

Cuffee holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Baylor, TCU, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Michigan State, UCLA  and Ole Miss, among others. Cuffee took official visits to Texas, Notre Dame and Arkansas. 

Scout ranks Cuffee as the No. 19 cornerback in the 2016 class and the No. 4 cornerback in the state of Texas.

A physical corner, who loves to play press man coverage and changes direction well, Cuffee's commitment makes him the only cornerback prospect in Texas' 2016 class (after the de-commitment of Southlake Carroll's Obi Eboh on Jan. 23).

After signing three cornerbacks in 2015 - Holton Hill, Kris Boyd and DaVante Davis - Texas zeroed in on Cuffee early on for 2016.

Cuffee is a versatile defensive back after having played cornerback, strong safety and free safety for coach Marty Herbst at Waco HS. Cuffee had one of the top highlights from this year's Under Armour All-America Game with an interception in which he ripped the ball out of the hands of receiver Josh Hammond, a Florida commitment, and then made a long return.

There was speculation Cuffee might have announced a commitment to Texas during the Under Armour game on Jan. 2 if ESPN had given him a window to do it.

Cuffee received a group effort in his recruitment by Texas - recruiting coordinator/LB coach Brian Jean-Mary, DC Vance Bedford, secondary coach Chris Vaughn as well as Charlie Strong himself. Cuffee, who took his official visit to Texas on Dec. 12, 2015, said the things he was looking for most in a school were strong academics, stability in the coaching staff and family atmosphere.


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