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Clemson in top 4 for one of the nation's best tight ends

As the 2018 recruiting cycle gets ready for its final push, Clemson looks to secure at least a couple of more top recruits at a couple different position, including tight end.

The Tigers No. 1 tight end target is 6-foot-4, 235-pound Mustapha Muhammad, who will be taking one of his official visits to Death Valley on Nov. 11 for the Florida State game. The Ridge Point (Texas) standout recently visited UCLA and the Rose Bowl this past weekend for its game against Colorado, and said, “It was very very fun and organized.”

After the visit, he also commented that he “likes UCLA a lot more now,” and “really enjoyed the game and all of the free food throughout the weekend.”

Muhammad released his top 5 schools back in August, a list that included UCLA, Clemson, Texas, Michigan and LSU. He told The Clemson Insider he will “no longer be affiliated with LSU,” whittling his list down to four schools.

Muhammad has not decided whether or not he will fill that fifth spot on his list or stick with a top four before his announces his decision on National Signing Day in February.

While he still plans on taking his trip to Clemson for the FSU game, Muhammad will wait and take his official visits to Texas and Michigan after the season is over because of his game schedule.

Muhammad is looking to get a clearer picture of how the Clemson program operates and get reacquainted with the coaching staff.

“Just getting a better understanding of Clemson as a whole because it’s been a long time,” he said.

He has been catching up with Mike Reed and Danny Pearman, along with a couple other assistant coaches, discussing his future visit with them and his high school season.

Muhammad said they have also talked with him about how he could fit in with Clemson’s offensive scheme.

“They feel like I fit in their offense and can play early,” he said.

The tight end mentioned the Tigers early success this year could definitely be a persuasive factor come decision time, especially if they make a return trip to the National Championship.

“I like that they will probably play in the natty again,” Muhammad said.

Overall, Muhammad said he will use these last couple of visits to gain “an overall understanding of how well I fit in with that school and how bad they want me.”

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