Muse focused on Clemson

One of Clemson's top defensive targets looks towards the future with plenty of options.

OLB/DB Tanner Muse Profile

With recruiting all but wrapped up for Belmont (N.C) native and Clemson commitment Tanner Muse, the three-star safety is now focused on his senior year on the diamond and the year ahead in Tigertown.

As a standout baseball player, there's always the possibility of the Major League Baseball draft this summer stealing him away. While the future is hard to predict, Muse says he believes he'll end up at Clemson.

"I'm coming to Clemson," said Muse, saying that he'd ultimately made up his mind "about a month ago."

The possibility exists for him to baseball at Clemson too. He spent the past weekend talking with both Dabo Swinney and Jack Leggett about the opportunity to play both sports during his official visit for football.

Hosted by tight end Cannon Smith over the 48-hour period, the weekend went about as well as you would think.

And when looking at his own skill in both baseball and football, Muse said it is hard to determine which he plays better.

Muse explained saying, "Well, I think I'm about even, but it just depends since baseball is a hot and cold sport."

On the gridiron, Muse has gained a lot of experience in high school at both safety and linebacker and will have options for where to play while at Clemson. He isn't quite sure where he'll play on the field but spoke of the coaches' thoughts saying, "I think from all this talk I'll be a strong safety."

There are multiple attributes that stand out as far as Muse's skill set goes. "I like the physicalness I bring," said Muse. And, the coaches "say the mental side" he brings has a lot to do with Muse's recruitment.

When looking at Clemson, Muse sees a player that stands out as a role model already.

"Robert Smith for sure. He's a leader and just gets after it every play," said Muse.

There's no question that Tanner Muse is just one piece of a special recruiting class for Clemson, and the incoming freshmen are already setting their goals high. Clemson should open as the favorite in the ACC in 2015-16 and will even have its eyes set on the College Football Playoff.

Muse kept it vague but said that the freshmen "know what the main goal is, so that's what we're shooting for." Muse, a three-star recruit, was a two-way star as a senior. He ran the ball 85 times for 1,185 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively he recorded 102 tackles, four tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

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