Mustapha Muhammad, a 4-star tight end recruit in the Class of 2018, is announcing his commitment Friday. Among the schools in contention for his services are Michigan, UCLA, Clemson, LSU and Texas. As that list suggests, he’s a big-time recruit.
He’s announcing at 7:45 p.m. ET on the Under Armour All-America Game’s Instagram.
We will have Mustapha Muhammad's college announcement live on Instagram tonight at 6:45 pm CT. Watch on the All-America Game IG handle! pic.twitter.com/3FZwsbt7eM
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) October 20, 2017
Oct 20th, 2017
6:30. Be There! pic.twitter.com/axQ4IC1Hbb
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) October 16, 2017
Where’s Mustapha Muhammad from?
Muhammad is from Missouri City, Texas, and is a senior at Ridge Point High School.
Where does Mustapha Muhammad rank as a recruit?
Muhammad is the fifth-best tight end and the No. 14 Texas recruit in the Class of 2018, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s the second-highest rated tight end and No. 40 uncommitted recruit in those same rankings. Muhammad has been invited to the prestigious Under Armour All-America Game this winter, where he’ll likely face off against commits from whichever team he selects.
Who is in contention for Mustapha Muhammad’s services?
In May, he announced a top 10 of Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA, USC. A lengthy list, sure, but nothing unusual for a blue-chip recruit.
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) May 25, 2017
Then, he went on a local television station to break down his top five in August:
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) August 10, 2017
Muhammad provided a quick snapshot of why he liked each school.
Clemson: “They have a really good offense and I feel like I fit well. They also have an amazing game day atmosphere.”
LSU: “They’ve been my favorite, one of my favorites, for a while. I have ties down there because my uncle use to coach at LSU.”
Michigan: “I really like Michigan too because of coach Harbaugh. He’s an amazing guy. They have a great coaching staff and I feel like I fit very well.”
Texas: “I really like Texas because Austin is like no other city. It’s really special and I like what coach Herman is doing with that program.”
UCLA: “There’s a lot to love in LA, and I can’t wait for that official visit.”
Do we know where Mustapha Muhammad is going to commit?
Just 2 🐐's chillen… ya know? pic.twitter.com/CoYllglqi3
— 〽️ustapha (@MustaphaM_) April 15, 2017
Muhammad has looked to be a Michigan lean for a long time. All 25 247Sports crystal ball predictions have him going to Ann Arbor. Muhammad visited Michigan’s spring game in April, and was at the Wolverines’ Week 1 win over Florida in Arlington, Texas.
“It was one of the best visits I’ve been on,” Muhammad told Land of 10 after attending Michigan’s spring game. “I got to hang out with the coaches, tight end group and the fans. I even got to sign autographs. It was an overall great experience.”
He took his official visit to UCLA this fall, and is scheduled to take one to Clemson on Nov. 10. Still, Muhammad committing to any non-Harbaugh coach would be a giant surprise.
He would give Michigan a talented commit at a position of need, and would continue the Wolverines’ foray into Texas, one of the most fertile recruiting states in the country. Just listen to Land of 10’s Kevin Goheen tell it:
“Tight end is considered a premium position in the Michigan offense. The Wolverines have used five in a regular rotation this season. Michigan did not sign a tight end in the 2017 class, however, and it lost 2016 signee Devin Asiasi as a transfer to UCLA last offseason. The 2018 class already has a commitment from tight end Luke Schoonmaker of Hamden Hall, Conn., a 3-star prospect.
“Michigan already has two commitments from Texas in the 2018 class in twin brothers and defensive backs Gemon and German Green of DeSoto. Getting a commitment from Muhammad would add to Michigan’s foray into the talent-rich state.”