Ever since Briles got to Baylor in 2008, he's made it a priority to lock down the talent in Central Texas. 6 years later, that effort has born fruit in the form of elite talents like Ahmad Dixon, Andrew Billings, and Devontre Stricklin, among several others. On Friday, Baylor took another step in that direction, offering Waco HS corner Eric Cuffee after his performance at camp. Today, he reportedly accepted, becoming Baylor's sixth commit for the 2016 class, and the fifth to be ranked 4* or better by 247Composite.
Briles hasn't tweeted yet (I was waiting on his confirmation), but we do have this:
Name: Eric Cuffee
School: Waco HS (Waco, TX)
Weight: 187 lbs
Rankings: Composite: 90.07 (4*, #33 CB), 247: 87 (3*, #34 CB)
Profiles: 247Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN
Video: HUDL, Youtube
Because the HUDL videos are set on private and there's little, if any, information to be gleaned from his recruiting profiles at this point, I know almost nothing about Eric Cuffee. Youtube searches are largely bereft of information aside from a video about Cuffee backpeddling, so no help there. All we can say for certain is that Baylor offered him after his performance at camp on Friday, where he played CB. When that camp ended, he headed south to Austin for UT's "Under the Lights" camp. Scout and 247 are the only services to rank him thus far, and their opinions diverge widely-- Scout has him as the #172 player in the country where 247 doesn't include him in their top 400 or so. I'm sure we'll know more soon as the other services weigh in.
One thing worth mentioning is how I originally found out about this commit, before it was picked up by the recruiting services. Every now and again, I search "Baylor" on Twitter just to see what people are saying, with filters set for things that could never possibly matter to us. That's how I came across a tweet, since deleted, by Eric's brother Tyler announcing the commitment. I only include that to show how funny it is how this stuff works sometimes.
With Cuffee committed, Baylor now has 6 commits in the 2016 class. Taking into consideration the fact that the classes will be very different in size, I'll remind you that we only have 10 for 2015. That's pretty incredible. 4 are on the offensive side of the ball at QB, RB, OT, and WR, with the other two both being corners. I'll take that every day. Baylor is building a huge 2016 class with quality that cannot be denied and has tremendous momentum on the recruiting trail. Let's hope it keeps on going.
Oh, and this was the commit I teased Friday night.
Also, with all the usual disclaimers associated with rankings, plus the fact that we're talking about classes in the single digits ... We're #1. Someone get a good screenshot of that.