The top-ranked tight end prospect in the state of Texas is now down to 10 finalists following his Wednesday evening cut and the Texas Longhorns among those still in the mix for Ridge Point product Mustapha Muhammad.
Along with the home-state ‘Horns, Muhammad also listed Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas A&M, LSU, UCLA and USC as the other nine schools he’ll focus on at this point in his recruitment.
A four-star prospect from the Houston-area, Muhammad’s services are in high demand and if Texas wants to remain a player in his recruitment going forward, Tom Herman and his staff have their work cut out for them.
For starters, Muhammad echoes a common theme from the 2017 cycle—if Texas wants him, they have to win. Furthermore, Texas will have to outsell the presumed overwhelming favorite Michigan Wolverines and a host of SEC programs throughout the next several months—Muhammad recently expressed his significant interest in playing in the SEC. The sell to come to Austin is also made more difficult for Herman and Corby Meekins considering Texas has very little recent tight end productivity to bring to light, which doesn’t appear to be in store for a change in 2017.
While Texas is certainly still in the mix, much will have to swing in the Longhorns favor in order for Muhammad to boast burnt orange once his recruitment wraps up and he announces his commitment. Texas will soon have a chance to do just that, as Muhammad plans on visiting the Forty Acres again this summer.
Meanwhile, regardless of what happens in Muhammad’s recruitment, the Longhorns are in a great position to ultimately land four-star Spring Dekaney tight end prospect Malcolm Epps.
At 6’4, 235 pounds, Muhammad ranks as the nation’s No. 91 player, No. 4 tight end and the No. 10 player in Texas, according to 247Sports Composite.