Secondary Size: Tigers pick up 2015 commitment from 6-4 safety Tanner Muse

Belmont, N.C. standout has 147 tackles, 9 interceptions the past two seasons

Tanner Muse (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Tanner Muse (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Size and athleticism at safety.

That's what 6-4, 205-pound freshman Jayron Kearse brought to the Clemson secondary this season.

It's the same thing that 6-4, 205-pound high school junior Tanner Muse will bring to the mix in 2015.

Muse, who was among the initial wave of sophomores to receive Clemson offers last spring committed to the Tigers Sunday evening over offers from North Carolina, Michigan, N.C. State, Duke, Mississippi, Louisville and Northwestern. He was also drawing strong interest from Notre Dame.

Rated as a top-300 national player and the nation's No. 17 safety for 2015 by 247Sports, Muse - who plays at South Point High in Belmont, N.C. - is listed as a four-star prospect by both 247Sports and Scout, and as a three-star recruit by ESPN.

As a sophomore, Muse had 60 tackles and five interceptions. This fall he made 87 stops, broke up 15 passes, intercepted four, and returned two punts for touchdowns.

He is the sixth player to commit to the Tigers for 2015, joining Charlotte, N.C. defensive back Van Smith, Decatur, Ga. wide receiver Shadell Bell, Boiling Springs, S.C. offensive lineman Noah Green, and Central, S.C. linebackers J.D. and Judah Davis.

Muse visited Clemson for the spring game in April, and then returned three times during the season, most recently for the Citadel game.

South Point coach Mickey Lineberger told the Gaston Gazette that Muse has all the tools to make an outstanding college player.

"A lot of folks were interested in him. Their free safeties aren’t any bigger, faster, stronger than he is,” Lineberger said. “The (Carolina) Panthers’ free safety isn't any bigger, faster, stronger than he is. He doesn’t have to gain any weight. He doesn’t have to get any faster. He just needs to get more experience.”

Muse moved to safety during his sophomore season, after playing outside linebacker and fullback for South Point's junior varsity team. He also plays soccer, basketball and baseball.

He’s got a lot of savvy, a lot of natural instincts,” Lineberger told the Gazette. “He breaks on the ball well. He’s very intelligent and recognizes formations.”

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