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Texas must win in 2017 to land 4-star TE Mustapha Muhammad

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Tom Herman promised wins in 2017, which is necessary to land the elite in-state pass-catcher.

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During a tremendously stacked weekend in which the Texas Longhorns hosted upwards of 90 prospects for junior days, four-star Ridge Point tight end Mustapha Muhammad was among the very best in attendance.

A key target at a key position, the Houston-area prospect was a surprise visitor, and a significant one as Tom Herman was able to get Muhammad on campus for the first time during his tenure. The visit came after Muhammad unofficially visited Oklahoma State earlier this month and Clemson in late January.

“I enjoyed myself at all 3 schools,” Muhammad told Burnt Orange Nation. “They were all really good visits that I don't regret taking.”

While on the Forty Acres, Muhammad said he was able to talk with Herman, tight ends coach Corby Meekins, as well as offensive coordinator Tim Beck, but isn’t quite sure of where his interest in the Longhorns is at following this weekend.

“I haven't quite figured that out yet,” Muhammad said when asked if he’s put any thought into how this weekend may have increased his interest in the ‘Horns. “I have to think back on it.”

What he has put thought into, though, is what Texas will need to do to remain a player in his recruitment throughout next season: Win.

“Very important,” Muhammad said of how important Texas’ on-field success, or lack thereof will be when it’s time for a decision. “I need to go somewhere that is winning games.”

Such sentiments align with the success Muhammad has enjoyed at Ridge Point, which cruised to an 11-0 record last season before falling to Houston Lamar in the playoffs.

So it’s simple: If Texas wants Muhammad, it has to win.

Muhammad holds 32 total offers, including Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Texas A&M.

At 6’4, 235 pounds, Muhammad ranks as the nation’s No. 87 player, No. 4 tight end and the No. 10 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.