2015 Target: Tanner Muse

BELMONT, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools to show early interest in Tanner Muse, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from South Point High School.

Scouting Report

"He's a great, great athlete," South Point head coach Mickey Lineberger said. "He's so athletic that he can play lots of [positions]. And he's just going to grow. At 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, he runs a 4.4 forty. What is he going to look like two years from now? Two years from now, he could weigh 250, 260 pounds and still run a 4.4 forty. All he needs to do is gain experience. But his future is very bright – the sky is the limit."

Prep Career

Muse began his prep career as a linebacker and fullback on the junior varsity squad. Midway through his freshman season, he was moved up to varsity, serving as a reserve middle linebacker.

The following offseason, Muse was moved to free safety where his career took off.

"We had a senior graduate and it's been a growing process for him," Lineberger said. "He's not going to do anything but get better and better."

Muse ended the season with 60 tackles (30 solo) and five interceptions. He also returned punts and kickoffs, and saw spot duty at wide receiver. South Point runs a triple-option offense, but when it was in need of big yardage it would look to Muse.

"When we put him at wide out, we throw deep balls to him," Lineberger said. "He just goes up and gets them."


Muse's recruiting interest is increasing by the day.

"Just about everybody is interested," Lineberger said. "They want to know ‘Who is that big boy playing free safety?'"

In particular, Muse is hearing from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and NC State.

Gunter Brewer, who recruits Gaston County for UNC, was one of the first college coaches to express an interest in Muse. He invited Muse to the Tar Heels' season finale against Maryland, as well as the junior day in January.

"At the junior day, we got to go to the academic center," Muse said. "They informed us all about that.

"We also got to spend a lot of time with the coaches. It was really nice to meet the coaches and get to know them better."

At the football game, Muse was able to get an up-close look at the position UNC projects him to play – the Ram in its 4-2-5 defense.

"I love the defense with the Ram position," Muse said. "The defense is real aggressive. I'd like to be able to play a little linebacker – a position where I can man up and pass rush [in addition to coverage responsibilities]."

During both visits, Muse had conversations with Larry Fedora.

"He just talked to me about continuing to work hard," Muse said. "He said hopefully I'd be able to be there someday."

Both visits left favorable impressions on Muse.

"They treat me great," Muse said. "They probably have treated me the best out of everybody."

Muse, who has also visited Clemson and Georgia Tech, doesn't claim any favorite schools at this early stage of his recruitment.

"I'm just keeping an open mind," Muse said.

Extra Notes

Muse is also a part of South Point's basketball and baseball teams… According to Lineberger, Muse exceeds in the classroom, as well.

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