The argument can be made that no other school has been affected more by the current NCAA mandated dead period in recruiting than the Clemson Tigers. The campus itself and the culture are the two biggest selling points and right now the coaching staff really can’t show either off.
Despite the obstacles, Clemson has still managed to string together one of the nations strongest recruiting classes in the 2021 cycle. 247 Sports has the Tigers class ranked fifth, with just 15 commitments. No one else inside the top five has less than 18.
One position the coaching staff has yet to address though is safety. Clemson wants to take at least one safety and are hoping that guy is four star Andrew Mukuba. The 6-foot, 185 pound player out of Austin, Texas is a Top-250 player overall and ranked No. 13 among the players at his position.
Mukuba was hoping he’d get to visit Clemson once the dead period expired at the end of September, but now that the NCAA has extended it through the end of the year, that is pretty much off of the table. He was however, able to get in a virtual tour on Saturday prior to the No. 1 Tigers 49-0 win over The Citadel.
Mukuba officially has an announcement date of October 1, which he announced Sunday afternoon on Twitter, one day after his virtual visit with Clemson.
LSU and Texas have been the main competition for the Tigers in this one. Growing up in Austin, he is quite familiar with the Longhorns football program and was able to officially visit. LSU, like Clemson, was never able to get him on campus.
Throughout the summer, it was thought that LSU was the team to beat. Although, now that we are heading into the fall, there are whispers that things are starting to swing in the direction of the team that plays in the real Death Valley. We shall see on the first.