Michigan got its 15th commitment for the Class of 2018 Friday when 4-star TE Mustapha Muhammad announced his intention to join the Wolverines.
Muhammad made his announcement prior to Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point High School’s homecoming game against Fort Bend Dulles.
Later, from his own Twitter account:
— Ⓜ️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) October 21, 2017
And this, from Under Armour:
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) October 20, 2017
Muhammad is the second tight end to commit to Michigan for 2018 and boosts a class that already is viewed as a solid follow-up to the past two classes, which were ranked in the top 7 nationally. The Wolverines also have a commitment from 3-star prospect Luke Schoonmaker of Hamden, Conn. Muhammad is ranked the No. 5 tight end in the country and becomes the second-highest rated player overall among the Michigan commits, behind only offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor.
Those rankings are according the 247Sports composite. It doesn’t matter who has been evaluating Muhammad, there is consensus agreement that the 6-foot-4, 235-pound prospect from the Houston area has the potential to be a big-time college tight end.
“Muhammad is what you are looking for in a tight end prospect and will be coming out of high school in more of the Jermaine Gresham mold. He is a top-level pass catcher at the position. He is long and lean. He has long arms and big hands to help him make the tough catches. … While he may be a bit more receiver at this point in his physical development he is a good blocker and gets the job done when tasked with putting his hand on the ground at the line of scrimmage. ” — Greg Powers, 247Sports
Muhammad chose Michigan over UCLA, Texas, Clemson and LSU. He has accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America game in January.
Tight end is a pivotal position in the Michigan offensive scheme. The Wolverines have used five in a rotation this season: redshirt junior Ian Bunting, redshirt sophomores Tyrone Wheatley Jr. and Zach Gentry, sophomore Sean McKeon, and redshirt freshman Nick Eubanks. They have combined for 28 receptions, 393 yards and 1 touchdown, but they also are important factors as blockers in the rushing attack.
“Muhammad is the complete package as a tight end prospect. With further physical development and refined technique, he has the potential to be a mismatch at the next level.” — ESPN FB recruiting.
While that looks like a crowded position group next season, Michigan has to look down the road as well. Devin Asiasi signed in the 2016 class, but he transferred to UCLA. Michigan didn’t sign a tight end in the 2017 class.
Adding Muhammad and Schoonmaker in 2018 helps Michigan maintain the balance it wants at tight end and in the offense.