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Texas CB target Eric Cuffee set to decide before National Signing Day

The Longhorns still look like the favorite, but several upcoming official visits could potentially change that.

Eric Cuffee
Eric Cuffee
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An announcement from Texas Longhorns cornerback target Eric Cuffee is still set to happen at some point "within the next three weeks."

The 2016 Under Armour All-American also told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he will likely release a video revealing his decision, but he also plans on taking official visits to Arkansas and Texas A&M, with Miami also a possibility, so it's unclear whether those visits could impact his decision or the timetable to announce it.

Here's what Cuffee said he's looking for in his recruitment:

"Just the family-type environment. Just getting along with the players and talking to them, and seeing how the coaches really are there at the school and that they treat their players the way they should be treated," Cuffee said. "You come across some schools that say they're going to do something for you, and at the end it's different. I really try to get to that school and see who's real and who's fake. That's major key in my recruiting process that I look at."

Based on head coach Charlie Strong's track record of fostering that type of environment and communicating with recruits and players in a sincere manner, the Horns should be able to achieve those objectives.

When Cuffee wasn't able to secure a television spot to announce while he was in Orlando at the Under Armour game, a decision seemed imminent in the immediate aftermath, but since then more than a week has passed with nothing from Cuffee.

So at this point it's difficult to tell if he's currentl as close to committing to the Longhorns as he seemed during the lead up to the all-star game. The Aggies certainly remain a threat after Cuffee took numerous visits to College Station during the fall, at which time he looked like a heavy Texas A&M lean.

However, the recent instability in head coach Kevin Sumlin's program helped swing the pendulum back in favor of Texas by the start of 2016. Cuffee was one of several important official visitors the Longhorns hosted just before the dead period started in December after visiting frequently last spring.

Cuffee's 247Sports Crystal Ball is still heavily in favor of Texas:

A consensus four-star prospect, Cuffee is the No. 285 player nationally, the No. 26 cornerback, and the No. 44 player in the state of Texas, according the 247Sports Composite rankings.