UGA beat out Georgia Tech for LB Naim Mustafaa in a rare head-to-head battle between the two in-state rivals.
“I made my decision about a week ago; I just had to come down to Georgia and tell them face to face,” Mustafaa told the AJC on Saturday.
“It just came down to where I wanted to be, really. Georgia Tech and Georgia are both great schools. I had to choose one.”
This recruiting journey had a few twists and turns.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound Mustafaa is the son of former Georgia Tech football star Najee Mustafaa (Reggie Rutland), who played seven seasons in the NFL. The younger Mustafaa was rumored to be on the brink of committing the Yellow Jackets, at one point or another.
Meanwhile, UGA did the improbable job of repairing its relationship with Mustafaa. UGA offered an early scholarship to Mustafaa and then stopped communicating with him on a regular basis – making him think the Bulldogs were no longer interested. At the time, Mustafaa took it all in stride, saying he “really wasn’t a Georgia fan.”
After Mustafaa’s comments went public, he was quickly contacted by UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner, who made it clear that he was the team’s No. 1 target at outside linebacker. Mustafaa was satisfied enough from the conversation to put UGA back at the top of his list of favorites.
The 4-star linebacker from Alpharetta High School had more than 25 scholarship offers before deciding on UGA.
Mustafaa’s commitment was good news for UGA on the same day that OL target JP Vonashek surprisingly picked South Carolina over the Bulldogs.
UGA now has 20 commitments for its 2013 recruiting class, and could end up signing around 30 in February.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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