Venables offers top 2015 defender

On Tuesday afternoon, Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables sent out his first offer to a safety in the class of 2015.

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The offer was given to South Point High School [Belmont, N.C.] sophomore Tanner Muse.

"I called coach [Dan] Brooks. He said he had a message for me. He put [Venables] on the phone. He offered me a scholarship," Muse told CUTigers on Tuesday night.

Clemson's offer was one that Muse looked forward to getting.

"It's one of my top choices, so far," he said. "It was really nice to get that."

A 6-3, 210-pound safety at South Point, Muse could grow into a linebacker once he gets to the college level.

"[Venables] told me I could either come up to be a linebacker or stay back to be a safety. I could be like a hybrid [at Clemson]," Muse said. "He also told me that I was his first safety in 2015 -- for Clemson -- that he's offered."

Clemson hosted Muse last fall for the Georgia Tech game. He'll return to Tigertown this weekend for the Orange and White spring game.

"They gave me a tour of the football facility [in the fall]," Muse said. "But I think I'm going to get to tour more of the campus [on Saturday].

"Their facilities are really nice. They have a great weight room. You can tell that it's one of the top in the nation. It was huge. Just the stadium, how it was packed, everybody was just rooting them on. It was really nice being down there."

So far this spring, Muse has taken two visits to UNC, another to N.C. State and one to Georgia Tech. The Tar Heels and Wolfpack have offered.

Muse listed no favorites, but there is one main factor that will be considered as he moves through the recruiting process.

"The relationship with the coaches, everything about the relationship I have with them. Who I can trust the most, I guess," he said.

As a sophomore, Muse recorded 60 tackles and five interceptions.

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