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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