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Top in-state prospect hearing often from Clemson

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High-three star safety Israel Mukuamu made his second game-day visit to Clemson this season on Saturday.

The Moncks (S.C.) Berkeley product — a top-10 prospect in South Carolina for the 2018 class — arrived late and left at the beginning of the fourth quarter, so he wasn’t able to hear much from Clemson’s staff while on campus.

But Mukuamu is hearing a good bit from Clemson.

“Out of the schools that haven’t offered me yet, they are showing the most (interest),” Mukuamu said. “I get at least a letter from them almost every other day.

It was Mukuamu’s fourth trip to Clemson overall.

“It was pretty fun,” Mukuamu said of Saturday’s experience. “The stadium was rocking.”

Mukuamu has offers from South Carolina and Wake Forest. Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Purdue are also showing interest.

Clemson evaluated Mukuamu during the Dabo Swinney Camp in June and has kept tabs on him.

Mukuamu likes a lot about Clemson as a program and school.

“I like that the school is a successful program,” he said. “Not only on the field, but in the classroom they are well educated and have job offers straight out of college. There is basically no choice but to be successful.”

Heading into Berkeley’s playoff matchup against Darlington this Friday, Mukuamu has logged 55 tackles, five pass deflections, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior has blocked two field goals, as well.

Mukuamu has the size and length that Clemson likes in its defensive backs. He also has good speed, range and tackling ability.

“I feel that I can bring a lot as far as cover and making open field tackles,” Mukuamu said when asked what he can contribute to colleges as a safety, “and for a bonus I feel I can also play corner to lock down on the big receivers nowadays.”

Mukuamu has also visited South Carolina and Georgia Tech this season.

Mukuamu is rated as the No. 9 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com and the No. 25 safety.

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