BBrown: Michigan Offers Tanner Muse Comment Count

Brandon Brown October 17th, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Tanner Muse

Position: Outside Linebacker
Ht/Wt: 6'4"/205 lbs.
Location: South Point High School - Belmont, NC
Class: 2015
Offers: Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Northwestern, NC State, Virginia

With numbers expected to be historically low for the 2015 class offers are pretty hard to come by, so when one went out to LB Tanner Muse on Friday it made some noise and meant a lot to him.

Coach Manning and I were messaging each other over Twitter and he asked me when a good time to call would be. Once I finished my football meeting with my high school team I called him and we talked for a little bit and he just offered me. I felt very blessed to know a school like Michigan would offer me! It’s really exciting when a prestigious school like that offers you.

Michigan throws their hat in the ring with Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Northwestern, and Virginia for Muse’s services. A list like that makes for tough competition for a North Carolina native. Clemson is currently considered his leader and he “somewhat” verified that, but he also spoke highly of the Wolverines.

Clemson is somewhat my leader. It just depends on how all these visits I’m going to take end up going. Michigan ranks pretty high for me, but I still will have to visit there and get to know the rest of the coaching staff.

As of right now linebackers coach Roy Manning is the only contact Muse has with the Michigan program, but the young coach seems to have made a solid impression on Tanner.

My relationship with Coach Manning is really good. It seems like we get along and he’s kind of like me actually. He’s more laid back and straight forward.

At 6’4” and 205 lbs. Muse was told by Coach Manning that he’s been offered as an outside linebacker, which probably means the SAM position in Coach Mattison’s defensive scheme. Muse is built and runs like a safety. On film his speed is very noticeable and he told me about his self-diagnosed strengths on the field.

I train and practice all the time on my speed. My hand-timed best 40 is a 4.32 and my most recent laser-timed 40 was a 4.37. I bring that speed and my physicality to the field and when I get to the ball carrier I try to make my presence known.

As a high school junior Muse can take his time with his recruitment, but he has a vague plan in place for how he’d like it to play out.

I want to visit all of the schools that have offered me. With Michigan I’m going to try to go to either the Nebraska game or the Ohio State game. I discussed it with Coach Manning and since those games are a couple weeks away still, I can get a flight. I’d like to commit by my senior season but I also definitely want to take my officials late. I’m not really sure when I will make a top list either.

I love Muse on film. He’s long, fast, athletic, rangy, and looks to thrive on contact. He’s almost identical in build to Chase Winovich from the 2014 class, but may actually have more straight-line speed, which is scary because Winovich can fly.

With Clemson playing as well as they are and Michigan stocking up on linebackers with a lot of similarish guys, I feel as if landing Muse will be an uphill climb. That being said, Michigan may actually be in 2nd place right now behind the Tigers and a visit to Ann Arbor could go a long way with Muse as he’s already visited Clemson.



October 17th, 2013 at 10:24 AM ^

This guy has hella speed. Looks like he knows what he is doing in coverage. You might want some of those to be picks instead of break ups, but as long as the WR doesn't catch it he does his job. He brings the stick, which is always nice.

I would not mind having this guy on our team. 


October 17th, 2013 at 10:44 AM ^

can you put his stats, position, high school location, state, and recruiting class in a little box or line at the top. i am sure that i will get blasted for being lazy, but it would make starting the article a little easier to get into with some basic details covered


October 17th, 2013 at 10:46 AM ^

It seems like we recruit a lot of linebackers year in and year out. 

Is that because they can end up being lineman or safties as well?  Or is it just a mattison thing?




October 17th, 2013 at 11:03 AM ^

Well, just do the math.  A typical 4-3 defense includes:

2 DTs

2 DEs

3 LBs

2 CBs

2 S

. . . so even in a conventional defense you're going to use more linebackers as you'd use for any other position.  Then consider that the WDE can be filled with an SLB in Mattison's 4-3 under and you have twice as many LB/WDE positions to fill as any other.


October 17th, 2013 at 11:11 AM ^

Muse brings Hysteria and Madness to the opponents running backs. There seems to be low Resistance from the opponents line. If he doesn't commit to M then I'm sure there will be a massive Uprising.

Victor Hale II

October 17th, 2013 at 11:23 AM ^

He consistently outruns everyone on the field, at least in that footage.  His speed appears to be legit, even if some FAKES are in order for the actual 40 time.  Also, his size really stands out among those other kids, so he may acutally be what his listed size is.


Regardless of all that, he definitely loves to play physical football and HIT some dudes, which is something I like to see in a Safety or LB.


October 17th, 2013 at 1:02 PM ^

The play at 3:10 confirms his speed for me, wonder how many more lbs his frame can handle without affecting his athleticism. Would be a great addition to the LB core if we can land him.