Quick Hits with Paul Muse

An indepth look at incoming freshman tight end Paul Muse.

TE Paul Muse
6-5, 238, 4.8
First Coast HS
Jacksonville, Florida
NR: 40 Rating: ***

The Stats: Florida native Paul Muse spent most of his senior season splitting time at defensive end and at tight end, where he caught two touchdown passes. Muse was recruited to Clemson by Dabo Swinney, and he chose Clemson over offers from Auburn, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland, and Ole Miss.

Strength: "My strength is blocking and my size," said Muse. "I also have the ability to get in the open field and make big catches."

Why Clemson? "They were the first school to offer me," said Muse. "Coach Swinney has been recruiting me since I was a sophomore and that made a big difference. It just felt like he was being more honest than some of the coaches from other schools. He really broke things down for me – he's a real personable person. He made me feel comfortable, and my mom and dad both love him. Then, when I got to meet coach Bowden, it was more of the same. I met coach Bowden, and he also made me feel real comfortable, like I was one of his own. When I came home, I prayed about it, and God told me (Clemson) is where he wants me to be."

Tidbit: Muse could end up becoming a two-sport for the Tigers once he arrives on campus. "I'm still lifting right now, but we are getting ready to start baseball so I will stop soon," said Muse. "I spoke with coach Leggett during my official visit up there in January and he is going to come see me when they come down for the ACC baseball tournament in Jacksonville. I would like to play both sports for Clemson if I can."

Final Shot: "Playing baseball has really made me a better (football) player," Muse said. "It helps a lot with your hand/eye coordination, which is so important in receiving. The team I played for, we ran a lot of four- and five-receiver sets, so there weren't a lot of balls thrown at me. So I had to be ready when I got my chance. Playing in the infield, you have to react quickly to the ball when it comes off the ground. On the football field, you get balls tipped or thrown quick, and you have to be able to react. Playing in the infield has helped me do that."

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