Clemson recruiting: Tigers miss out on pair of 4-star recruits over weekend

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Two of nation’s best players elect to go elsewhere

Over the weekend — or at least, in-between when these notebooks get published, some significant news in the world of Clemson recruiting unfolded.

Two of the Tigers’ targets made their college decisions known, and in both cases, Clemson is on the outside looking in.

The first came Friday afternoon, when 4-star tackle Richard Gouraige — who had named Clemson and Florida as his two leaders — tweeted a link to his commitment video made through our Florida sister site with SEC Country. That should’ve been the first giveaway that things weren’t going to go the Tigers’ way.

He didn’t throw anyone for a loop. Gouraige, who plays at Cambridge Catholic (Tampa, Fla.), picked his in-state Gators.

Gouraige’s decision was reinforced by his mother’s feelings for Florida. He told Zach Abolverdi, who covers Florida for SEC Country, that when he found out his mother and siblings also wanted him to make Gainesville, Fla, his destination, it was a done deal.

The second big decision came from 4-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad, also on Friday.

Muhammad had named a top five Aug. 11 and narrowed that list to four schools, but he officially announced his commitment to Michigan before his homecoming game with Ridge Point (Missouri City, Tex) then made it known on Twitter.

Clemson was among his four finalists, and Muhammad had set an official visit date to Death Valley on Nov. 11.

But it sounds like Muhammad had made up his mind before announcing his commitment on Twitter. Per ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren, he decided in April but didn’t publicly reveal his choice until now.

Where does Clemson turn?

Missing on Gouraige hurts more than not landing Muhammad. The Tigers already have Braden Galloway in the fold at tight end for the 2018 class, but losing out on someone who could be a big-time playmaker hurts, even if Clemson won’t be crippled by the lack of his addition. However, it’s something that would be more of a surplus, which isn’t the case with Gouraige.

It means Clemson is still without an offensive lineman in this class, and he would’ve been a terrific addition. Jamaree Salyer and Jackson Carman are two sought-after prospects who are still undecided and though both have named Clemson in their top two and three, respectively, the Tigers are likely facing uphill battles with each.

Jordan McFadden remains a potential flip candidate, and William Barnes and Nick Petit-Frere are in the mix as well.

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