The 17th birthday for Fort Bend Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad featured a televised announcement of his top five schools and the Texas Longhorns made the cut:
Along with home-state Texas, Muhammad is still considering Clemson, LSU, Michigan, and UCLA.
“I really like Texas because Austin is really special and I like what Coach Herman is doing with that program,” said Muhammad.
The inclusion of the Longhorns is something of a surprise due to the recent commitments of the No. 1 junior college tight end, Arizona Western’s Dominick Wood-Anderson, and Malcolm Epps.
However, multiple reports since the Tuesday commitment of Epps have indicated that even though there are two current pledges in the class, Herman and position coach Corby Meekins are still willing to take Muhammad.
And that decision makes sense — Muhammad is faster than Epps despite weighing nearly 20 more pounds, easing his projections to college football. Additionally, since Wood-Anderson could conceivably leave the Longhorns after one season, taking a tight end who will require less developmental time is easily defensible.
After all, Texas has discovered in recent seasons that the tight end position is one that is difficult to fill, so as long as there is room on the scholarship chart, there’s no reason to turn away high-level prospects like Muhammad.
However, the pending difficulty is competing with Michigan, which is widely regarded as the current favorite in holding all 23 of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions.
So Herman and Meekins clearly have some work to do to convince Muhammad to become the third tight end in the 2018 Longhorns recruiting class.
The 6’4, 235-pounder is ranked as the No. 111 prospect nationally, the No. 5 tight end, and the No. 14 player in Texas, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.