Naim Mustafaa: UGA LB commit sticking with Bulldogs, despite visits to other colleges

Tennessee's Derek Dooley in his famous neon orange pants (AP)

Tennessee's Derek Dooley in his famous neon orange pants (AP)

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.




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39 comments Add your comment

colorado dawg

October 30th, 2012
3:36 am

GT Chris

October 30th, 2012
5:45 am

My “source” told me that Mustafaa is having second thoughts, and will end signing with Georgia Tech. You heard it here first!!!!

Bama Fan#2

October 30th, 2012
6:16 am

Dooley is a dead man walking as a head coach at UT!!

Destin Dawg

October 30th, 2012
6:16 am

take your visits.. have fun.. but play for UGA Junkyard Dawgs and GO DAWGS beat Ole Miss !!!


October 30th, 2012
6:23 am

I don’t blame the young man for taking some free trips and getting treated like a king for a weekend. He is right, in that he will only get the recruiting experience once in his life and he wants to enjoy it. He, I think is pretty solid to UGA, so let the young man enjoy himself.

Worst evaluation ever

October 30th, 2012
7:17 am

Naim, stay at Georgia and you can play tight end for me like I wanted Cam Newton to do.

XOXOXO Coach Bobo

Jacket Man

October 30th, 2012
7:23 am

GA Tech isn’t involved with this young man in any form or fashion, nor have they been for quite a long while, this is why he chose to commit to UGA instead. Let’s just say there were some issues that became obvious he would never “get over” at Tech, so it was “mutually” decided it wasn’t the right place for him.


October 30th, 2012
7:33 am

He’s all Dawg. Derek’s wife is slowly packing and Derek will probably be practicing Law again soon with about 4-5 mil in the bank. He gave it his all and is a great guy, but he’s at the wrong school for lasting as a great guy. He did a good job returning the Vols with a little stability, and the new guy won’t be as behind as he was. Good job Derek.


October 30th, 2012
7:34 am

How about a story on whether Auburn’s recruits will stick with them after the firing of their coach?


October 30th, 2012
7:35 am

Jacket man…..Are you suggesting he’s a little farther behind than Reggie Ball was in the class room. Wow.


October 30th, 2012
7:36 am

No news until signing day!!!

Hold on!!!!

October 30th, 2012
7:53 am

Jacket Man – giving yalls recent recruiting struggles, I guess it is “mutually” decided that ALL top recruits go to another school.

Destin Dawg

October 30th, 2012
8:15 am

there will be new coaches next year at Auburn, Tenn. for sure… Spurrier is 67 and looks it… can’t win it this year so he’ll retire soon… so we could see at least 3 new SEC coaches next year


October 30th, 2012
8:19 am

Yes lets hear of storys of UT..AU leaving to commit to UGA or GT recruits going to MTSU….the UTs AUs and GTs of the world are going nowhere…downtrodden trended down for yrs with no end in sight….verses UGA a top 10 program with championship aspirations!


October 30th, 2012
8:20 am

Paul Johnson is too lazy to recruit. He would have already made Mustafaa de-commit after taking another official visit. That strategy is mind-numbingly stupid and stubborn, and is a big reason why Gtu has very few legitimate D1 players on its roster.

That Taboada kid would have been perfect for Gtu and they did not even recruit him. Stanford, Vandy and Notre Dame are cleaning Gtu’s clock for the acdemically gifted kids from the state of Georgia.


October 30th, 2012
8:44 am

Jacketboy, have you ever heard Demaryius Thomas speak? Whatever makes you feel better since UGA owns Tek, but there have been plenty of less than stellar students playing for your school over the years. Most big-time recruits don’t consider Tech for one primary reason – they aren’t any good.


October 30th, 2012
9:07 am

ESPN top 150 recruit list top 8; The barn has 3 and soon no coaches…. strange.
1. Robert Nkemdiche DE Clemson
2. Reuben Foster ILB Auburn
3. Laremy Tunsil OT Undecided
4. Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
5. Carl Lawson DE Auburn
6. Mackensie Alexander CB Undecided
7. Eli Woodard CB Ohio State
8. Dee Liner DT Auburn


October 30th, 2012
9:36 am

Son, the UT staff will not be there next year.


October 30th, 2012
9:39 am

The Hill sucks.

Strange that au has top 3...

October 30th, 2012
9:57 am

Based on what happened with Cam I think its par for the course.

South Georgia Football

October 30th, 2012
9:58 am

Is Reggie Rutland also Najee Mustafa?


October 30th, 2012
10:30 am

Reggie Ball was convinced that a football team always has 5 or 6 downs to get 10.

Reggie Ball, Joey ( do not open my car trunk) Hamilton, Rueben ( I been shootin) Houston and Tarrant#37, and Eddie Lee Ivory and Eddie McShann, and LB Alford, are the RIGHT STUFF.

It makes me laugh with all of GT’ s state of denial, Year after hilarious year.

MSU coach Mullins

October 30th, 2012
10:34 am

sadly for the MSU Bulldogs, Coach Mullins will likely leave them for UT.
AU will need a new coach and they will probably grab PETRINO.


October 30th, 2012
10:42 am

@ GT Chris – Yep… really sounds like he’s having second thoughts here.

Old Corch

October 30th, 2012
11:06 am

Do mature adults really obsess over this stuff? Why is this news? Get a life.

Les W. Moore

October 30th, 2012
11:53 am

He saw something at Tennesee he liked. And it is not at UGA or Tech.

Hugh A

October 30th, 2012
1:26 pm

Yeah, the “issue” that arose that kept him from going to Tech was an offer from UGA. The Tech ship is sinking faster than Auburns. The difference is the Auburn recruits will jump ship because there are other options available. The Tech recruits will stay put because nobody else wants them, anyway.


October 30th, 2012
3:15 pm

Maybe Tech should just field their band for the next game. Add in their waterboy and a win could become a possibility. What’cha think about that GT Bob?

Big Orange Kool-Aide

October 30th, 2012
3:53 pm

Mr. Mustafaa , come to Tennessee and be a part of something special next year. This year has been rough with injuries and switching to the 3-4. But Coach Sal and Coach Dooley will right the ship and you can be A BIG MAN ON CAMPUS next fall. At UGA, you will be just another player on the field.

Plus you will get to hang with Peyton Manning on his many visits to UT. KnoxVegas is calling you.

[...] School, visited Tennessee on Oct. 20 and still plans to take a trip to Oklahoma State. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his level of commitment to Georgia hasn’t [...]


October 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

I hope Mr. Mustafaa realizes that Paul Johnson will not be around for the next 4 years of his career. As a Dawg fan, I was hoping Tech would extend him a contract extension, though! ;-) LOL!

ogeechee dawg

October 30th, 2012
8:26 pm

Do we have room for Auburn recruits?


October 30th, 2012
10:29 pm

His speech has nothing to do with his intelligence. He is from deep rural South Georgia and has the dialect to prove it. Maybe he could use a speech pathologist but he is no dummy.

“The other top scores among the wide receivers included Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas (34, who coincidentally also missed the workouts due to a foot injury), Michigan State’s Blair White (31), Notre Dame’s Golden Tate (29) and Clemson’s Jacoby Ford (28).”


October 31st, 2012
9:10 am

Dawgs keep winning, and the recruiting will take care of itself. Kids want to play for a winner not a wiener…

Ol' Fart Dawg

October 31st, 2012
7:19 pm

No kid is gong to sign with TN with the huge ? mark over the coach’s head.


November 1st, 2012
12:02 am

Kingdaddy right on target…………Bulldogs just win. The more we win, the more we load the boat! I expect this February will be a pretty sweet one, and we certainly need it.


November 2nd, 2012
6:46 pm

IS he CRAZY ? Not the player the writer !! Dooley is going to loose his job & you think that this young man is thinking of going to UT ? Give me a BREAK. AJC find this boy something else to do !!! CUZ HE ain’t GOT A CLUE !!!!!!!!!! LET THE BIG DAWG EAT

Vol in GA.

November 3rd, 2012
3:55 pm

Dawgs are over rated in every pre-seaon poll out in the last 8 years…good program…not BCS Champion class year after year…listening to their fans and reading polls, you would think they are in the running for BCS championship every year…not so…so after you read this…dont bother railing on the Vols…they are in the midst of rough times…Lane Kiffin single handedly destroyed the program…they will be back…not next year and maybe not in the next 2 or 3 years…but, they will be back.


November 6th, 2012
3:29 pm

Vol: If things were so great in hillbillyville before Kiffin, why did you inbreds hire him? As for Tech, they must have “mutually decided” on ALL the decent recruits, since they are not getting any of them anymore. GT Chris: how do your “sources” find you in your Mommy’s basement, do they chat you while you are on-line fantasy gaming? Why do people obsess over where these kids visit? I know Moobs forbids it, but most stand-up coaches know these kids should have a chance to look around.