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July 9, 2004

Muse commits to Clemson

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Tigerillustrated.com first reports the verbal commitment of Jacksonville, Fla. - First Coast tight end Paul Muse to the Clemson Tigers. Muse, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound jumbo-athlete, committed to Clemson wide receivers coach Dabo Swinney this morning. He is the seventh commitment of the 2004-05 recruiting campaign.

Muse chose the Tigers over offers from Auburn, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Indiana and UCF.

Last season the standout athlete caught six passes for 101 yards and one touchdown. Defensively he registered 40 tackles and two sacks.

"Clemson is where I've wanted to go. I've been there twice this year for unofficial visits, and it just felt right. I felt comfortable, and I knew it was where I needed to be," said Muse Friday morning. "I had gone there for a visit to one of their practices, and I went later on for camp. I went to Auburn twice, too. But Clemson just had a better situation for me. I have a chance to step in and play right away with Ben Hall leaving after this year, and with Bobby Williamson a senior next year."

The future three-star rated jumbo-athlete is one of the South's more highly regarded tight end prospects.

"Coach Swinney broke everything down for me again this morning. I know who they're recruiting, and where I fit in on their board, and it's just a good opportunity for me," he said. "Coach Swinney has been great throughout this whole process, and so has my coach (defensive coordinator) Fred Culver. I owe a lot to Coach Culver. He has been with me every step of the way, and I appreciate everything he has done for me. He means a lot to me, and to our football program at First Coast."

The First Coast gang will be on its way to Florida tomorrow for a camp stop, and Muse will be on the van heading to Gainesville. So are the Gators in the running?

"I'm going to go to Florida tomorrow, but it's nothing serious. I'm Clemson all the way. I'm firm with Coach Swinney and Clemson. Basically I'm going to the Florida camp to just see where I'm at as a player, and to keep working and getting better at my technique."

Last February Clemson signed Muse's teammate, defensive back Brandon Croley.

In addition to the blue-chip tight end, Clemson is also recruiting First Coast stars Ryan Stamper (LB 6-2, 215), Andrew Wynn (LB 6-0, 220) and Dwight Patterson (CB 6-0, 180).

Clemson commitments to date
1. Durrell Barry (TE 6-5, 242, 4.7) Summerville - Fork Union, Va.
2. Phillip Merling (DL 6-5, 265, 4.8) Memphis, TN - Fork Union, Va.
3. Barry Humphries (L 6-3, 291, 4.96) Belton-Honea Path
4. Rendrick Taylor (WR 6-2, 210, 4.6) Bennettsville - Marlboro County
5. Tyler Grisham (ATH 5-11, 183, 4.45) Birmingham, Ala. - Spain Park
6. Tony Nelson (RB 5-10, 190, 4.5) Germantown, MD - Northwest
7. Paul Muse (TE 6-5, 245, 4.8) Jacksonville, Fla. - First Coast

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