Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Muhammad Trying to Visit Notre Dame for Irish Invasion

May 18, 2017

Last week, Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chip Long made his way to Ridge Point High School (Texas) to watch 2018 tight end Mustapha Muhammad practice. The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is one of the most coveted prospects at his position and Long had high praise for the four-star prospect after watching him compete.

“It was good to have him down to watch practice,” Muhammad told Irish Sports Daily. “He got to watch me in our scrimmage, and I made a lot of plays. He told me I was one of the best he’s seen.”  

The Texas native appreciated the positive feedback, but Muhammad didn’t let it go to his head.

“It made me feel really good about myself, but I know I have to keep working hard,” stated Muhammad. “I strive to be better and as complete as possible.”  

“I need to fine tune my route running and my footwork. I want to make sure my footwork is excellent, and I want to keep fine tuning my blocking. I have gotten better in every aspect of my game.”

When it comes to Notre Dame, Muhammad holds the Irish in high regard as multiple members of the staff have been in contact with the arguably the nation’s top tight end.  

“I speak with Coach (Brian) Kelly and some of the staff every now and then, but I mainly talk to Coach Long,” explained Muhammad. “He tells me to give Notre Dame a chance. He knows I am considering a lot of schools, but he wants me to visit as soon as possible.

“He wants to show my mother and me what Notre Dame has to offer. We are continuing to build our relationship.”

Long’s message of the importance to get to campus hasn’t fallen on deaf ears. Muhammad is working on getting to South Bend this summer, and it could be soon.

“I am trying to visit for Irish Invasion,” Muhammad said. “It sounds like a good time to get up there, but it’s not locked in, and I am still working on it. It’s my hope I can visit Notre Dame for the camp.”

With close to 40 offers, it hasn’t been easy to decide which programs to visit, but Muhammad recently took a visit to Ann Arbor for Michigan’s Spring Game.  

“They have a really good offense that rotates the tight end throughout the whole game,” Muhammad explained. “I liked the whole environment at Michigan. It’s a pretty cool place.”

As the summer approaches, Muhammad is hearing a lot of different recruiting pitches, but one pitch remains constant from the teams recruiting him.  

“I have heard a lot of the various things from coaches, but at the same time all the coaches are telling me to come visit,” said Muhammad. “Coaches have told me how I fit in the offense and how they would use me.

“I am just trying to build good relationships with all the coaches right now.” 

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