Is UGA in danger of losing the commitment of LB Naim Mustafaa after his recent official visit to Tennessee?
“No sir, I’m committed to Georgia,” he said.
The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder is the son of former Georgia Tech standout Najee Mustafaa (Reggie Rutland), who played seven seasons in the NFL. Last summer, the younger Mustafaa was rumored to be on the brink of committing to the Yellow Jackets at one point or another before pledging to UGA.
The 4-star recruit from Alpharetta intends to take a few official visits to other schools, and his first stop was at Tennessee for the Alabama game.
“It was pretty good, the game was pretty packed and Tennessee lost, but I got a lot of love when I was down there,” said Mustafaa, who met the next day with beleaguered coach Derek Dooley.
“He made sure my visit went well, and told me how he could use me in their system. I mean, I do like Tennessee because they run a 3-4 defense also. They got me at outside linebacker, and they’ve got Coach Sal (defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri).”
Mustafaa has at least two other official visits planned, going to Oklahoma State within the next two weeks and, of course, touring UGA.
Why Oklahoma State? “They were one of my first offers, and I’ve stayed in touch with them.”
What percentage would Mustafaa describe his commitment to UGA? “I couldn’t put any percentage on it. It’s still the same. I’m still committed to Georgia, and there’s no reason for a change. I’m just taking my visits.”
UGA has at least a half-dozen commitments who plan to take official visits to other schools. Why does Mustafaa want to take his trips? “I’m only going through the recruiting process once so I want to enjoy my visits.”
Georgia Tech is also trying to sway Mustafaa, and they keep in touch with him on a regular basis. He hasn’t planned an official visit, but may go check out a game soon at his father’s alma mater.
Last weekend, Mustafaa sat in front of the TV and watched UGA’s upset over Florida. He was especially impressed with Jarvis Jones, since Mustafaa is being recruited by the Bulldogs to play the same positon.
“There were a lot of turnovers, but Jarvis Jones looked good and was a big factor,” said Mustafaa, who has been hindered during his senior season by a groin injury.
WE’RE LESS THAN FOUR MONTHS AWAY FROM SIGNING DAY
– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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