Interview by Sam Webb
With 32 offers to his name, Missouri City (Texas) Ridge’s Mustapha Muhammad is one of the more sought after tight ends in the 2018 class.
In fact, he already holds notable offers from Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan among others. Still, however, it’s early in the recruiting game, and Scout’s No. 2 overall TE has yet to even name his top-ten.
“I’m making my top-ten list, I’m in the process of doing that now,” he said in an interview with The Michigan Insider’s Sam Webb. “It’s probably going to be completed sometime soon, because I need to take things slow and make sure it’s the right decision for me.”
While Michigan has yet to be named to his top-ten, Muhammad spoke glowingly about the Wolverines and the established relationships he already has with their coaching staff.
“I like Michigan, they’ve always had a good relationship with me,” he said. “I have a good relationship with Jay Harbaugh and their head coach (Jim) Harbaugh as well. It’s really cool people up there. When I took I visit they showed me a really good time.”
Adding: “With Jay Harbaugh he’s a really young guy,” he said. “He coaches the tight end’s, which is my position coach. We have a really good relationship, we text all day back and forth. He’s a pretty young guy like me, we get along pretty well. But head coach Jim Harbaugh, he’s older obviously, he’s also pretty cool as well. He’s always doing awesome things that other coaches don’t do. He’s really a special guy.”
What stood out about his Michigan visit?
“Just getting a chance to see the Big House, I was on the 50-yard line at a camp at (Michigan),” he said. “I had fun there. It was pretty laid back. Also, just seeing the whole campus, all the nice things in Ann Arbor, it was pretty cool.”
As far as deciding factors in his recruiting process, Muhammad says distance will not play factor, but was quick to point out certain factors that will.
“Definitely the biggest factor is going to be academics,” he said. “I’m playing college football to earn a scholarship and pay for my education. I want to make sure I have a really good academic support program before and after college. Also the offense and how they plan on using me as a tight end. I want to have an opportunity to play as a true freshman. Those are some of things I look forward to in colleges.”
He says he would like to play in a pro-style offense.