NAME: Tanner Muse
CLASS: RS Junior
JERSEY: No. 19
RECRUITMENT RATING: 3-star
WT: 225 lbs
A big-bodied safety, Muse surprisingly functioned primarily as a deep safety in Brent Venables’ defensive scheme last season. It’s apparent from studying his film that he plays with a sharp understanding of coverage spacing and knows how to work into throwing windows. He’s a sound zone defender with excellent awareness which is likely why he’s often tasked with playing in single high safety looks. Muse does well to read the backfield and cover ground.
While playing so deep off the ball didn’t lead to stand out production, Muse is an impressive athlete for his size and offers a large tackle radius with good contact power. He closes on the football quickly, demonstrating both long speed and short area quickness. He takes clean angles in pursuit and attacks the football with urgency. Muse flashes the ability to use his hands to play off contact and win in pursuit.
Given his physical traits, Muse should get more opportunities to function in man coverage on bigger slots and tight ends. Additionally, Muse’s size and strength could lead to opportunities to play closer to the line of scrimmage in more of an attacking role. Should he achieve these opportunities, Muse has the upside to illustrate a more versatile and complete skill set.
Muse is an obvious breakout candidate for a standout season in 2018 where his experience in the system, processing skills and physical traits make him capable of producing. One of eight returning starters to the Clemson defense in 2018, the schematic possibilities are endless for the Tigers and Muse is capable of filling multiple roles. Look for Muse to ascend as a prospect if he receives more chances to contribute in an expanded role.