Clemson has yet to sign a true safety in its 2018 class and did not sign one in its 2017 class. So, Dabo Swinney and company will have to round out the relatively small 2018 class — which is ranked No. 6 in the country by ESPN and includes two of the nation’s three players — with a few defensive backs, specifically a safety or two.
The Tigers are getting consideration from several top safeties around the country, but could elect to expand their board and send more offers to recruits that have been able to showcase their talents and abilities at camp this summer.
Israel Mukuamu might be one of those players.
Standing at 6-foot-5, 187 pounds, the Parkway (La.) safety possesses the frame and length that Brent Venables, Mike Reed and Mickey Conn love to have in defensive backs in their system. If he can fill out his frame he has plenty of potential (think Jayron Kearse but bigger).
Mukuamu camped at Clemson last week and said he felt he impressed Coach Reed.
“It went pretty well actually. I felt like I did pretty good,” he said. “I could have done better, but I still did good. Coach Reed said I looked good out there.”
While at camp, Mukuamu got to talk with Reed and establish a better relationship with him.
“I only got to talk to Coach Reed, and he said I did good and they’ll be in touch,” he said.
Clemson has not offered Mukuamu yet, but he told The Clemson Insider he feels a lot more confident going forward that an offer might come his way.
“On a scale of one to ten, I have to say about seven,” he said. “I feel like they are going to offer but then again I don’t know. We’ll just have to wait and see.”
Mukuamu has worked on some physical aspects of his game that he felt helped him get recognition at camp.
“I think flipping my hips and being able to move around and back pedal real smooth,” Mukuamu said.
Right now, Ole Miss, Indiana, Oklahoma, Louisville, Purdue and Florida are recruiting Mukuamu the hardest, and he is “really liking” Indiana, Ole Miss, Oklahoma State and Florida.
Mukuamu said there are several things about each of those schools that really stand out to him and put them at the top of his list.
“They are all just really coming after me hard, and most importantly I can play early at all of those programs,” he said. “The people there are amazing and I really like those schools.”
However, that could change if Clemson ends up offering him as he said an offer would have a strong pull.
“They would definitely be in my top schools,” Mukuamu said. “I really like Clemson a lot. They were the first school to show interest in me since I first started getting recruited. And the relationship I have with coach Reed is very close, so we’ll have to see if they pull the trigger or not.”
Mukuamu said he plans to make his decision sometime between early August to late July.
If the Tigers pull the trigger on an offer, Mukuamu is a name to remember come the end of summer.