Versatile big men are always a hot commodity. There are quite a few big men that have the versatility to play on the interior offensive and defensive line, but few guys are big enough and fast enough to play tight end and defensive end.
Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast tight end/defensive end Paul Muse is a 6-foot-2, 245 pound big men who is receiving attention from a host of southern powers and has already picked up several offers.
“I have offers from South Florida, Central Florida, Auburn, Clemson and Indiana,” said Muse. “I have been getting interest from a lot of schools, but Clemson and South Florida are probably recruiting me the hardest.”
Muse, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, has a 315 pound bench press and 400 pound squat.
“I have a list of my top schools and right now Florida, Clemson, Auburn, LSU and Central Florida are my top five. I am also considering South Carolina, but they would be number six. Right now Clemson and Florida are my top two.”
Muse served primarily as a blocking tight end as a junior only catching six passes for 110 yards and one touchdown. On defense he collected 40 tackles and two sacks.
He recently made a visit to one his top choices.
“I went Florida’s blue and orange game. It was a good experience for me. One of my former teammates Reggie Lewis had a great game. I played on the team with him when I was a freshman.”
So what is it that stands out about Clemson and Florida?
“I really like their offenses. They really utilize their tight ends a lot. I grew up pulling for Florida and it is really close to home. They have been really successful over the years and it would be hard not to consider them. When I visited Clemson I just felt really comfortable there. I was talking to their coaches and I think they are going to be able to offer me early playing time and that is something very important to me.
When I went and visited those two schools I felt really comfortable with the coaches. They both seemed like places I could fit in. I was there and we had small groups and I got a lot of attention. When I visited Auburn I was there for a junior day and the groups were real big and there wasn’t a lot of individual attention paid to us.”
Muse said that there is a chance that he will attend the NIKE camp at Georgia Tech on May 8th. He went on to say that he would attend team camps at Clemson, Florida, South Florida and Auburn over the summer.
“I am really planning on taking all of my visits and not rushing into a decision. I don’t want to commit early and then change my mind. That is a conclusion that I came to with my parents, they really don’t want me going back on my word.”