Naim Mustafaa: Georgia Tech rises, UGA falls … with 4-star DE

DE Niam Mustafaa is a Georgia Tech legacy but says his father is not forcing the Yellow Jackets on him (247sports.com)

DE Naim Mustafaa is a Georgia Tech legacy but says his father is not forcing the Yellow Jackets on him (247sports.com)

Naim Mustafaa, a Georgia Tech legacy, says his father is not pushing him to follow in his footsteps to play for the Yellow Jackets.

And he said he’s not being pressured either way about archrival UGA by his pops either.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound linebacker has early football scholarship offers from around 25 colleges, including both UGA and Georgia Tech.

Mustafaa has a top three of Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee. His father, Najee Mustafaa (changed his name from Reggie Rutland), played safety at Georgia Tech in the mid-1980s and for seven seasons in the NFL.

“My dad is not really pushing Georgia Tech on me; he’s not the type to do that,” Mustafaa told the AJC. “He has told me to take my time with my decision, weigh out my options and take my visits. He said it’s my decision to make.”

UGA was one of Mustafaa’s first offers but the Bulldogs are not among his leaders. “That was one of the schools that was recruiting me the hardest … but I’m not really a Georgia fan, I guess.”

When asked further about UGA, Mustafaa said, “I don’t have a dislike for Georgia, per se. It just happens to not be up there with some other schools. When I went on visits, sat down with the coaches, and got a feel for the atmosphere … the three schools I liked the best are Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee … I don’t have any problems with Georgia. They just happen to not be among my top schools.”

Mustafaa also said his father has nothing to do with his feelings toward UGA. “Oh no, he’s not really the type to force and push stuff at you like that. It was a rivalry when he played at Georgia Tech but he’s not the type to talk down about Georgia or anybody.”

Mustafaa is scheduled to visit Georgia Tech on Friday, Tennessee on Saturday and then fly to Oklahoma State in a couple of weeks.

Mustafaa, who has a 3.0 GPA and wants to major in Business, plans to commit later this spring.

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171 comments Add your comment

JOD

April 20th, 2012
12:11 am

I wouldnt want to play on that plantation that they call UGA either… just sayin.

reality

April 20th, 2012
12:15 am

A picture says a thousand words

SouthGaBrave

April 20th, 2012
12:15 am

I imagine Mustafaa’s “not feeling” UGA would have something to do with Harvey-Clemons, Jenkins, Floyd, and Dawson being brought in at OLB (the position UGA is recruiting him at). Of course, a kid isn’t going to come out and say he doesn’t like the look of the depth chart. Much easier to speak in generals about having no real problem with the school. Can’t blame the kid.

Flo-Ri-Duh

April 20th, 2012
12:27 am

Dawgs should not waste any more time on Rutland. He is not rated 4 star by most services but that doesn’t matter. UGA is already loaded at DE for this coming season and he doesn’t want to redshirt.

Columbus

April 20th, 2012
12:45 am

Hey Mustafaa, Richt will not try to convert you to christianity every day or any day. So come on to UGA and push the current guys to the NFL and then you show them how its down, Mustafaa style.

You arent scared of not having playing time are you? Arent uncomfortable being around christians? They will love you more than you have ever been loved brother….That being said come learn from some great teammates, let the learn from you and then have the BEST DC in the SEC have you ready for the NFL your rookie season. Tenn? Nope. Auburn? Nope. I lieve near Auburn and am up there about every week. It is BORING…..Nothing but bars around the campus really. I mean there is nothing there outside of downtown but woods….I guess there is a movie theater somewhere….maybe. Auburn really sucks but ALSO….

Dont you want to play for a Championship? NONE of the top 3 schools you named are going to play for jack. You want to play for the NATIONAL Championship? UGA will be in the SEC Championship the next 5 years. TENN DONT have a chance to make it ONCE. You want to be the best? Come play with the best and win championships the next 4-5 years at UGA. Some people say the talent at UGA is scaring you. Show them you are not afraid and are confident.

A Father

April 20th, 2012
1:00 am

Tennessee don’t want guys that just make up a name that makes them sound like they aren’t from America. If he goes to Georgia they will make him go to church. Auburn smells like cows. He should pick Tech so he can come to the big city and win a bunch of ACC championships!

Death Penalty

April 20th, 2012
1:19 am

Two words: character issues. This kid makes Yuri Wright sound like a choir boy.

Baloneyismyfirstname!

April 20th, 2012
1:45 am

Hmmmm not often do you see an article where people can spew racist and religious animosity in one post

Pudge McCracken

April 20th, 2012
1:55 am

If he doesn’t like fried fish, he shouldn’t go to Georgia Tech. Paul Johnson loves to fry fish, usually several times per season.

I’ll go out on a limb and say Mustafaa ends up at Tennessee. Mark it down. I’ll come back and admit my mistake if I’m proven wrong.

No Spin Zone

April 20th, 2012
2:01 am

Speaking of character issues….. from reading the comments here over the past few weeks, it seems as though many of the people posting may have some character issues. ;-)

The Smartest Guy In The Room

April 20th, 2012
2:07 am

I just ordered one of those Thunder shirt things. The commercial was pretty persuasive. Any of you have one of those?

No idea where Mustafaa signs. Good luck to him.

Tdawg

April 20th, 2012
2:37 am

Would like to see you at Georgia. Seems you’re not interested though. At least you aren’t leading them on like a couple of other kid’s I can think of. I would much rather see you stay in state and make a name for your self here. Tech sure could use a good player on the d side of the line and I have all ideas, before all is said and done, you will make a name for yourself in college football. Just hope that you decide to do it in the state of Georgia.

A person SMART enough to know......

April 20th, 2012
2:51 am

Young man do what is best for you. I have been going to Tech games since 74. I Know your dad. To say I know him means I cheered him from my seat in Dodd. Back then I think we called him Reginald but i could be wrong. We would love to have you. I hope you have done the classwork to get in and stay in Tech. The TECH family can do so much for you IF being a Pro player doesn’t happen. I guess your dad told you about that too. The NFL will find your if you are made of the metal they want.. A GIT diploma means a lot in the WORLD outside of the state of Ga. Bless you and your choice.

Bigdsel

April 20th, 2012
5:03 am

Follow in your daddy’s foot steps. It might be fun

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Paddy

April 20th, 2012
7:00 am

Top Dogg….you sir, are an idiot!!

Go Dawgs

Game Changer

April 20th, 2012
7:12 am

Mustafaa is leaning to Tech over Tennessee currently. The funniest line is how my GA fans claim Derrick Henry is going to Tennessee last night to recruit Mustafaa. Derrick Henry will be a Vol soon, Mustafaa is undecided but GA is out. GA better realize that two of the top defensive backs commited are waffling, one alot, one eyes wide open.

GA fans are dilusional again, The fact that Mark Richts contract was extended to 2016, not signed far as anyone knows, and Todd Grantham refuses to sign any contract from McGarity that is being offered has killed the opportunity for many top athletes to even consider GA. LEADERSHIP AT GA BUTTS MEHRE IS TERRIBLE.

One thing GA gov, Michael Adams and Board of Regents and wealthy contractors know is that starting fall 2012, they will be raising an additional 17.5 MILLION more dollars on the backs of the childres they are so vocal about not leaving national debt on. The continuing OXYMORON speech by politicians and the thieves involved in PUBLIC EDUCATION.

As long as religious and racist comments continue to be made by many of the GA football posters, these thieves know how easy it is to lead the ignorant. Win football games and do right by the GA student body or pocket MILLIONS, THEY ARE CHOOSING TO POCKET THE MILLIONS!!!

Neutral

April 20th, 2012
7:28 am

@game changer

What the heck are you smoking this morning!?!?

bo

April 20th, 2012
7:30 am

nooooooooooooooo! please tell me this high school football player isn’t really moving UGA down his list

Frankly

April 20th, 2012
7:37 am

What’s the big deal, the kid would rather not play at UGA. None of the schools he mentions have anything on us and I certainly don’t understand anyone wanting to play in Atlanta, but it is what it is. Good luck on your choice of schools and of those three choices it looks like you will graduate without ever winning against Gerogia.

Neutral

April 20th, 2012
7:38 am

Do you really think the son of Reggie Rutland was not raised to hate UGa? I think UGa never had a chance due his dad’s (Tech) influence……so don’t wear yourself out recruiting this guy.

kingdaddy

April 20th, 2012
7:51 am

Good morning people!!!

FL Jacket

April 20th, 2012
7:53 am

Naim…come to the Flats and let’s re-create the Black Watch Defense 2.0!!

Destin Dawg

April 20th, 2012
7:58 am

what was wrong with Reggie Rutland ???

Burdell

April 20th, 2012
8:01 am

Destin…ask Lew Alcindor or Cassis Clay.

Topp Dogg…making DWAG fans proud everywhere.

Jag Dawg

April 20th, 2012
8:19 am

If the kid does not want to be a Dawg, so be it. Also,if the kid wants to be a business major, why the hell is he considering Tech which is an engineering school……

FL Jacket

April 20th, 2012
8:27 am

“if the kid wants to be a business major, why the hell is he considering Tech which is an engineering school……”

Because the business school at GT is top-30 nationally and he’ll have networking opportuntiies with Microsoft, Turner, Chick-fil-A, Coca Cola, and other local companies.

kingdaddy

April 20th, 2012
8:34 am

I really hope Tech has a successful recruiting weekend. Not going to tell y’all what you should do. Being a Doggie, I have been wondering about the slow start. I guess it’s because some other schools have started recruiting earlier than normal. This is a result of the domino effect. Other teams were coming into GA., CHERRY-PICKING recruits. Let’s call it the Head-start program. Last year Richt was criticized for not anticipating Saban and Cheese-nic starting earlier than normal. He sure fixed that this year, but I don’t like this can of worms. Where does it stop? It really has the potential to get out of hand. The NCAA needs to protect the younger kids from these unscrupulous car-salesman. Because Saban is involved, I doubt there will be any help for the children…

Ramblin Man

April 20th, 2012
8:37 am

REALLY a kid says that he is not really interested in UGA and some of you guys bash him on his religion and make racial comments. Way to tell the rest of the black UGA recruits where you stand.

His pa is an ole Russell High boy

April 20th, 2012
8:41 am

Reggie Rutland QBd and played Safety for my old high school Russell High in East Point, and long after I went there and so, I followed his GT career somewhat. He was a good player.

This young man will likely sign with GT or UT. Just a guess. Good luck!

UGA man, class of 71 & 73

Bashing

April 20th, 2012
8:44 am

Musa Smith played ball for UGA and so have two or there others for CMR and they all were of another religious faith. Stop with all of the child like, uneducated bashing.

goooooooooooooooooooo Dogs

DawginLex

April 20th, 2012
8:47 am

Derrick Henry recent interview:

“Should UGA fans be concerned about you taking recruiting visits to other schools?”

“On a scale of 10 out of 10, I am an 11 with UGA.”

Stick that in your pipe and smoke it game changer.

DawginLex

April 20th, 2012
8:48 am

Y’all do realize CMR and CPJ are both Baptist?

kingdaddy

April 20th, 2012
8:49 am

Before the Bammers come to Coach Saban’s defense, I will say that he is working within the confines of the NCAA rules. He is a hard working coach who anticipates angles like a good chess player anticipates moves on the board. I like that in Saban, but is it morally right to go after younger and younger kids. Where does it stop, Kindergarten???

kingdaddy

April 20th, 2012
8:52 am

Conception??? LOL …

kingdaddy

April 20th, 2012
9:07 am

Rambling Boy
Why don’t you paint an entire university with your broad paint-brush of racist propaganda.? It’s YOU who is the racially challenged pud on this blog. Just because topp is an idiot, doesn’t mean everyone is a hater. We are sure you have a deep rooted hatred for other races though. There are haters of every color and school including GT. You are an idiot …

Dap01

April 20th, 2012
9:20 am

Congratulations Mustaffa. Enjoy those screaming 36,000 fans each week. Yellow is a nice color. Be careful in the parking lots, stay in large groups. Your friends really won’t have trouble getting tickets, especially if they get their gas from BP. And chances are your friends can watch you and Tech everytime on TV when you play UGA. You will lose all 4 years but at least you will be on TV once a year.

Being in an average conference is ok also.

PS. Keep your hometown girlfriend, there are not a lot of females on campus.

FL Jacket

April 20th, 2012
9:21 am

GS…we can’t say “yes terday”, “red pan ties”, or “heg lumpers” yet that trpe can stay up on the board?

Unbelievable…

Dap01

April 20th, 2012
9:22 am

Mustaffa: Keep talking bad about UGA and the AJC will be sure to quote you often. They love those headlines.

FL Jacket

April 20th, 2012
9:23 am

“PS. Keep your hometown girlfriend, there are not a lot of females on campus.”

Dap01…he’d be going to college in his hometown MORON

McDawg

April 20th, 2012
9:26 am

whats with all the midget cornerbacks

Dawg Haus

April 20th, 2012
9:45 am

It’s all good. The Dawgs don’t need to waste any time on him, then. It’s best to focus 100% on a real stud like Brendan Langley, who is very interested in Georgia.

Hayseed Dixie

April 20th, 2012
9:52 am

Changing your name to whatever the heck you want sounds pretty American to me.

Dawg Haus

April 20th, 2012
9:56 am

MC, who are some of the top LBs on Georgia’s wish list right now?

Embarrassing

April 20th, 2012
10:05 am

UGA fans showing their true colors here. The bashing and hate going on here is why I stay away from Carvell’s blogs typically.

Wish Mustafaa the best of luck, whether he ends up at GT or not.

CDAWG

April 20th, 2012
10:05 am

Well if he is not going to sign with UGA I would rather see him sign with GT than go out of State.

Embarrassing

April 20th, 2012
10:13 am

“If the kid does not want to be a Dawg, so be it. Also,if the kid wants to be a business major, why the hell is he considering Tech which is an engineering school……”

Because Georgia Tech’s business school is higher ranked than UGA’s. He’s a smart student.

Embarrassing

April 20th, 2012
10:15 am

It’s clear UGA fans are pretty torn up about losing this PSA due to how defensive they are getting. It’s for the best UGA fans – he simply doesn’t want to go to a program that has more arrests than wins every year.

Embarrassing

April 20th, 2012
10:18 am

I hope other potential UGA recruits read the comments on this blog to see the true colors of its fanbase – I know I wouldn’t want my son to play for this type of person (racist, hate-filled, etc.)

DawginLex

April 20th, 2012
10:22 am

Embarrassing

Do you know the definition of the word relevance?

It applies to the Fulmer Cup and the number of points UGA has garnered in 2011 and 2012.

“a.)Relation to the matter at hand.”

UGA has ZERO points for 2011 and 2012.

That would be “relevant” to our current disciplinary practices.

You speaking in the past and spewing about past indiscretions is not “relevant”.

Class dismissed