Muse reassured by Clemson

Clemson's defense is bound to take a step back after last season's No. 1 ranked unit lost a lot of talent to the NFL Draft. The question will be: How big of a step back will it take?

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The good news for Brent Venables and the rest of the defensive staff is that reinforcements are on the way. 2015 signee Tanner Muse (Belmont, N.C.) from South Point High School was able to make a trip to town for Clemson's annual spring game. Muse visited with CUTigers to recap the visit and the conclusion of his high school career.

"It was reassuring on the things I need to do when I come in," said Muse. "Being able to watch the new guys in my class and how they adjust to the next level. I'd probably have to say I'm the closest with Garrett Williams. He's just a genuine guy. You can tell that when you first talk to him, and he's a very physical player."

Muse has been known as a versatile player in high school, playing both offense and defense. Defensively, Muse has moved around between linebacker and safety, and that may not change at Clemson.

"I'm probably going to play half and half. I'm gonna do the nickel back, I'm pretty sure." Muse continued saying, "I just want to come in, compete for a spot and be able to help in any way I can." As a football player Muse has seen a number of different looks, but he also has experience as a two-sport athlete that he expects to use at Clemson. Muse is in the midst of finishing his senior baseball season and is looking to juggle both sports for the Tigers. "I think the biggest challenge will probably be traveling and trying to keep up with classes," he said.

Muse noted his success this baseball season in saying, "I've just started to click at the plate, and our team is in second place for conference. Our goal is to win conference and make a deep run in the playoffs."

Lastly, Muse described what it's taken for him to have success as a two-sport athlete throughout high school. "In football probably my aggressiveness and physicality. In baseball my speed in the outfield and my bat are my best attributes."

Muse was rated as a 3-star outside linebacker by Scout. He is listed at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is rated as the No. 1 outside linebacker to come out of North Carolina for the class of 2015. Top Stories