Top-tier in-state prospect planning return trip

Moncks Corner (S.C.) Berkeley high-three star safety Israel Mukuamu saw his first game at Clemson on Sept. 10 when the Tigers played Troy.

Mukuamu, a top-10 prospect in South Carolina for the 2018 class, hopes to be back on campus soon.

“I will be back to visit the Syracuse game hopefully,” Mukuamu said during a recent interview with The Clemson Insider.

Mukuamu had a good experience the first time around.

“I enjoyed it a lot,” Mukuamu said. “The people there are awesome, and the fan base is phenomenal.”

South Carolina was first to offer Mukuamu in July. Coastal Carolina followed four days later, and Wake Forest most recently offered on Oct. 6.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is also attracting interest from Duke, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Clemson.

Mukuamu attended the Dabo Swinney Camp in June, and Clemson’s coaching staff has kept tabs on him.

Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed stays in touch, Mukuamu said.

“He sends me picture edits of my name in them,” Mukuamu said, “and he just gives me words of encouragement and motivation.”

How is Mukuamu’s relationship with Reed?

“I’d say cool right now,” Mukuamu said. “I think it will get stronger as this recruiting process goes.”

Mukuamu would certainly be interested if Clemson offered.

“It would mean a lot,” he said, “especially because it’s an in-state college and it’s DBU.”

In addition to Clemson, Mukuamu has been to Coastal Carolina, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. He plans to visit Wake Forest and re-visit South Carolina, as well.

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