Muse Sees Opportunity At UNC

Prior to attending North Carolina's victory over Boston College on Saturday, Tanner Muse sat down with Larry Fedora.

"He just said … they need guys like me and Elijah [Hood] to bring in all the other guys to where we start something new," Muse said. "That means a lot with how early I'll get playing time and be an impact on the team. The fact that I'll be able to do that is real big."

Though the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder stars at safety for Belmont (N.C.) South Point, UNC projects Muse at either Ram or linebacker within its 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

"I honestly would like to do that more than just sitting back and playing the pass," Muse said.

With one regular season game remaining plus a deep playoff run expected from undefeated South Point, Muse has already surpassed his sophomore season tackle total (61). On the season he has made 68 stops with three interceptions. He has also returned two punts for touchdowns.

Saturday was Muse's second game visit to UNC this football season. He previously was on hand for the East Carolina game, and also last season's finale against Maryland.

"The student section has been real nice with how they've filled that up," Muse said. "Even though Carolina is not having such a great season, they're still having a pretty good turnout with fans. That shows the dedication with the fans."

Accompanying Muse on the trip was his girlfriend and her parents.

"She does competitive cheer," Muse said. "She has offers from some schools, but I think she would like to cheer wherever I go. I think she wants to go somewhere around here. I think she wants to go to either UNC Charlotte, East Carolina, or [UNC] Wilmington. We'd both like to go to the same school, but if not that's alright."

One of the changes UNC has made to its pregame activities was moving Tar Heel Town to just outside the football building. During both of his game visits this season, Muse has spent ample time mingling among the crowd in Tar Heel Town.

"It's been a nice little change now that everything is more compact," Muse said. "Everybody doesn't have to move around as much. And I think it has helped the [Victory] Walk because the fans don't have to go far to see all the players and then walk far to go to the stadium."

In addition to his meeting with Fedora, Muse's visit Saturday also included conversations with primary recruiter Gunter Brewer, head defensive coach Vic Koenning, and athletic director Bubba Cunningham.

Outside of his trips to UNC, Muse has attended two games at Clemson (Georgia and Florida State) and a game at Ole Miss (Texas A&M). He plans to travel to Ann Arbor later in November for the Michigan-Ohio State game. He also hopes to visit Northwestern at some point.

With the addition of Michigan, Ole Miss, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt, Muse's scholarship offer count has reached a dozen. He remains reluctant to name favorite schools.

"I just want to keep everybody at the same level," Muse said. "I'll start picking favorites in the summer. And then I'll start making more trips to the schools I like the most and just get a feel for the schools I like more."

Muse says the chances of UNC making his favorite schools list are high, because of early playing opportunity it offers.

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