Kaleb Muse can be described as many things: sophomore industrial technology major and starting linebacker for the Southeastern Lions football team, just to name a few. It is one thing to juggle all those titles, but for Kaleb Muse, he excels at them as well.
Born in Hammond, he attended Ponchatoula High School where he graduated with honors. His parents are Marshall and Linda Muse, and he has one sister, Keema.
Defensive Coordinator of the Southeastern Lions Pete Golding said that his defense is designed to make the ball go east to west, and middle linebacker Muse’s position has to have the speed to play sideline to sideline. “The code of the defense is to play fast, smart, and physical.”
Muse, in their opinion has all three characteristics. “We feel like the middle linebacker position is the heart of the defense, and comes with very high expectations and standards,” Coach Golding said. “I feel like Kaleb devoted countless hours in the offseason to the weight room, and he is as strong as anybody I have ever coached at his position.”
Coach Golding says that they look for a physical presence with a high football IQ that can communicate all calls and checks on the field to play middle linebacker in their defense. It also helps to have a 250-pound frame to take the beatings that middle linebackers sometimes are forced to deal with. As Golding explains, “We feel that Kaleb has the physical tools you look for in a middle linebacker.”
Muse’s head coach at Ponchatoula High School Mike Baiamonte said that he feels Kaleb’s success in college stems from his character. “In 17 years of coaching, you don’t see a Kaleb Muse type kid that often. Education was important to him. He never let athletics get ahead of his education.”
Muse credits football for helping him stay academically-focused and allowing him to give everything to all commitments. “My parents played a huge role in my life with their support and love,” Muse said. Muse credited coach Mike Baiamonte, defensive coordinator Matt Burmaster, and the whole Ponchatoula High coaching staff for preparing him to play on the college level.
The words that were used to describe Muse by current and former coaches were not all football related. Some of them included such things as good character, self-motivating, trustworthy, optimistic, smart, and driven.
Muse said he chose Southeastern because it was where he wanted to be. His parents also loved Southeastern. “There’s nothing like playing in your own back yard. It is a great way to stay connected with family and friends.”