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3-star CB Eric Cuffee picks up offer from Texas

The Horned Frogs look like the most serious competition for the Waco product at this time.

Eric Cuffee at the Texas Junior Day
Eric Cuffee at the Texas Junior Day
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A third offer went out for the Texas Longhorns on Saturday, as Waco High cornerback Eric Cuffee became to third in-state player at his position to pick one up while in Austin for the Texas Junior Day, according to Scout's Jason Higdon.

The 6'0, 190-pounder confirmed the offer at short time later:

Cuffee also holds offers from Arkansas, Boise State, California, Michigan, Missouri, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tulsa, and Vanderbilt.

Surprisingly enough, the hometown Bears haven't offered yet, despite the fact that there are several predictions for Baylor in his Crystal Ball:

The most pertinent predictions are the recent ones for TCU, made since Cuffee declared the Horned Frogs his leader on February 8 after picking up an offer from head coach Gary Patterson on February 1.

Cuffee has shown interest in Texas in the past, however, tripping down to Austin for the Orange-White game in 2014.

Considered a consensus three-star prospect with a rating of 88, Cuffee is the No. 376 recruit overall, the No. 35 cornerback, and the No. 53 player in Texas.

Cuffee measured in at 5'11 and 187 pounds at the Houston SPARQ Combine in 2014, making him one of the more physically mature cornerbacks in the state -- he already looks the part of a college safety. And one of his testing results was impressive, too, as the Waco High product ran a 4.62 40-yard dash. His shuttle time was less impressive at 4.60, while a 32.9-inch vertical leap is a solid result.

His coaches say that he wasn't thrown at much as a junior, but he did end up with nine passes broken up and 25 total tackles. The shuttle time from Houston last year doesn't look especially accurate when seeing his feet on film. As a short, choppy strider, Cuffee looks quick planting and driving out of his breaks and comfortable flipping his hips to run with receivers without losing much speed.

While Cuffee doesn't have the height that head coach Charlie Strong often prefers in his cornerbacks, he makes up for it with the ability to play press coverage on the line of strength and bother opposing wide receives with his strength and overall physicality. The willingness to battle extends to his tackling ability, as he's a natural sink-and-drive type of player who keeps his feet moving on contact.

Based on his attributes, Cuffee looks like a potential nickel corner in college, but could also effectively make the move to safety if his first step and top-end speed don't translate to cornerback.

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