Longtime UGA DE commit Naim Mustafaa flips to Oklahoma State

UGA suffered a big blow when Naim Mustafaa switched his commitment from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State.

The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end from Alpharetta High School said he let UGA’s coaches know his decision a few days ago, and went public with it on Saturday. He starts college on Monday.

For the second year in a row, one of UGA's football recruits switched to ... Oklahoma State. LB Naim Mustafaa let the Bulldogs know a few days ago (247sports)

For the second year in a row, one of UGA's football recruits switched to ... Oklahoma State. LB Naim Mustafaa let the Bulldogs know a few days ago (247sports)

“I kept re-evaluating my decision, and I felt like Oklahoma State was better off for me,” said Mustafaa over the telephone from Oklahoma City’s airport.

“I really like the area in Stillwater, and the team, and the tradition of the Oklahoma State program, and all of that.

“It’s hard not going to Georgia because I’m from Georgia. But I want to go to the NFL one day, so I have got to do what’s best for me.”

Mustafaa thinks he will be better fit as a defensive end in Oklahoma State’s 4-3 defense rather than in UGA’s 3-4 as an outside linebacker.

Does Oklahoma State provide a better NFL opportunity for Mustafaa? “Not just that. But they have my major in Business. I’m going to try to open a sports bar one day. They’ve got a great hotel and restaurant industry program, and I will be learning about how to run a business.”

Mustafaa said he broke the news to UGA’s defensive coordinator, Todd Grantham.

Last summer, Mustafaa committed to the Bulldogs over Georgia Tech in a rare head-to-head battle between the two archrivals. Mustafaa’s father is former Georgia Tech star, Najee Mustafaa (Reggie Rutland), who played seven seasons in the NFL.

After the defection, UGA dropped to 29 commitments for its 2013 class. The Bulldogs hope to sign 34-35 next month.

Mustafaa is the sixth recruit in this class to de-commit from UGA. Here are the others:

  • 5-star RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla., committed to UGA two summers ago, remained loyal to the Bulldogs for a year, and now is pledged to Alabama.
  • WR Kyrin Priester of Brookwood High School committed to UGA last April but re-opened his recruiting a few months later because he felt like he “rushed” his decision. Priester is now pledged to NC State.
  • RB-WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek, S.C., committed to UGA, then de-committed, then pledged again to the Bulldogs, then heavily considered flipping to Clemson last month before finally settling on UGA.
  • OL Trenton Brown switched from UGA to Florida after being told by the Gators via another recruit (Laremy Tunsil) that he would play offensive guard rather than his preferred position of offensive tackle.
  • DB Steven Nelson of Warner Robines (now playing for California JC) committed to UGA last February and de-committed from the Bulldogs last month after not hearing much from them. Nelson is now committed to Oregon State.

Also, DT Kelsey Griffin of Mill Creek High School sat in front of TV cameras and publicly committed to UGA in September, but then said later the same day that it was not accepted by the Bulldogs. He is now pledged to South Carolina.

UGA has also picked up one de-commitment, too: Brendan Langley, a DB from Kell High School, switched from South Carolina to the Bulldogs.

Last year, UGA also lost another recruit to Oklahoma State when Flowery Branch WR CJ Curry flipped to the Cowboys.

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264 comments Add your comment

M D

January 5th, 2013
1:01 pm

No problem with a player switching but if he things UGA doesn’t have a better business school, he’s crazy. In addition, if he thinks OSU puts more people in the NFL, he’s crazy.

Joe

January 5th, 2013
1:05 pm

“UGA suffered a big blow when Naim Mustafaa switched his commitment from the Bulldogs to Oklahoma State.”

I am pretty sure that we are not getting the whole story on this. Good luck to the kid, but he is more of a Okie St. type talent than an SEC, and I am not sure how big of a blow this really is. UGA needs OL, they already have plenty of OLB’s.

Additionally, if you really aspire to open a sports bar, in Atlanta perhaps, you can literally print money if you are a star at UGA. Heck, even Herschel is doing it now.

Billyho55

January 5th, 2013
1:05 pm

These young men speak of loyalty on a daily basis & don’t have a friggin clue what the hell that word entails! Nice to see though, THWG

Buzzzed

January 5th, 2013
1:05 pm

Who would want to play for a Preacher coach that doesn’t know how the spike the ball when the rest of the civilized world would spike it? Even Paul Johnson said he would’ve spiked it. Good for you, Naim. You will play for coaches who can actually coach, and not for a program that perennially underachieves. Even we at Georgia Tech, which is really down, has won a national championship more recently than the mutts.

Billyho55

January 5th, 2013
1:05 pm

These young men speak of loyalty on a daily basis & don’t have a friggin clue what the hell that word entails! Nice to see though, THWG

nash

January 5th, 2013
1:10 pm

This might explain why UGA has been after Mathew Thomas and is still heavily involved with Reuben Foster. Good luck young man on and off the feild

McDawg

January 5th, 2013
1:10 pm

not a big surprise -best of Luck

D Child

January 5th, 2013
1:19 pm

Good luck at Okie St. Visited there in 2009 when the Dawgs played in Stillwater…neat little town, but in the middle of nowhere for sure. Kind of like Manhattan, KS. I completely disagree that this is a “big blow”, although you guys typically overreact in your articles, so not too surprising.

At 235 lbs, Naim would not have played DE at UGA. I also doubt that the business school had much to do with it. I agree Joe, probably more to the story, but opens up a spot for Foster, Kamara, etc.

Read between the lines

January 5th, 2013
1:20 pm

I think that we will be able to get the targeted players that we need. Good luck young man but that just opened the door for us to get Tunsil,Crowder,Adams,Foster,Kamara and Thomas !!! Great finish Dawgs!!

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
1:20 pm

MD
I don’t blame this kid for switching if he wants to concentrate on getting a degree that will teach him how to run a sports bar. He doesn’t need a really hard Business school to make him take courses that he will never use. One example is they require 1 course in Calculus. I had no trouble graduating from The Terry College in the 70’s fulfilling there curriculum requirements but if I had to take Calculus things may have been different. Calculus ridiculous requirements for Business School.

ugab

January 5th, 2013
1:23 pm

I want to go to the NFL.

Joey

January 5th, 2013
1:26 pm

A “sports bar?”

Naim, have you talked that over with Allah?

Bet he won’t go for that . . .

ugab

January 5th, 2013
1:27 pm

Is Uga going to finish stong? It looks like we need a RB and OL. Come on CMR! Get off the couch and recruit these players. We have a bunch of 3 star recruits! So much for competing with the power houses.

Joey

January 5th, 2013
1:28 pm

I mean, “He.”

I’d hate to get beheaded this year . . .

Kareem O. Wheat

January 5th, 2013
1:28 pm

Disappearing into obscurity.

Atl sports fan, By EE are you referring to to the English Education major?

Jody

January 5th, 2013
1:30 pm

No problem. Not everyone is cut out to play SEC football.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
1:30 pm

Yea not big deal best for both parties now we have very good shot at getting Mathew Thomas or Ruben Foster IMO is a better trade off i see why Tech backed off his recruitment .

bitter spoiled recruit

January 5th, 2013
1:32 pm

Always two sides too the story——————???????????????????—-right—-M/C

————————-JOUR—–NAL—–ISM

What?

January 5th, 2013
1:32 pm

The entire Auburn program melts down on and off the field and they lose 6 commits. We go 12-2 win the east and lose 6 commits. What exactly is going on?

Have we had anyone surprisingly flip to UGA? Seems like we get a bunch of early commits and then many wind up drifting away. Hopefully our staff won’t go 0 for 5 on signing day like last year.

Mark in ATL

January 5th, 2013
1:34 pm

I thought Mark Richt was against oversigning????

LagDawg

January 5th, 2013
1:34 pm

Good. Now that opens the door for UGA to do an upgrade or to bring in someone tha is needed and wants to be a Dawg. Ok Carvell, you printed this story but, what about the story that UGA has hired a DL Coach on Friday. If you are going to report sports, let’s do a better job at it. Every sports site had this information early this morning and you and the AJC still have not reported it.

D Child

January 5th, 2013
1:37 pm

ugab,

UGA has 29 players committed with 13 already enrolled and you’re telling Richt to “get off the couch????” UGA is recruiting the same guys as everyone else, and if you knew anything about college football, you’d know stars don’t mean much. Manziel was a 3 star and just won the Heisman!

If you took a look at the depth chart, you’d see that UGA doesn’t really need RB or OL. UGA is two deep across the OL with no seniors, and with Gurley, Marshall, and Turman coming in, they are set at RB for the next two years. It would certainly be nice to get Tunsil, Kamara, Crowder, but UGA will be fine without them. UGA needs D, and that’s what they’re recruiting…

fayncdawg

January 5th, 2013
1:37 pm

Son of NFL player. Born and raised in the Atlanta area most likely. And he likes a school in Nowhere, OK as opposed to schools in or near Atlanta? Don’t sound right! Seems like he would at least want to go to a school near a viable city (uh UGA, GT, LSU, SC). And if the man is Muslim, how is he really going to practice his faith in Nowhere, OK as opposed to a more urban city? Better business school than UGA? NOT LIKELY!

jason

January 5th, 2013
1:39 pm

MD said it right and said it first..if he is choosing OSU for those reason, he is crazy, but then again he is just a kid and crazy is what they eat for breakfast everyday.

Jag Dawg

January 5th, 2013
1:40 pm

Every Kid should do what he thinks is et for him, especially if he thinks that school is not deep at his position and he thinks he has a better chanc at playing time. I applaud them if they honestly consider the major part of it and academics. What puzzles me is when he thinks his path to the NFL is better through OK State. Also, UGA’s business school is pretty darn good. All I will say is Hmmmmmm…….
At least it is early enough that we can still offer another kid that would appreciate it. Now lets get some OL.

Ron Roberts

January 5th, 2013
1:40 pm

We’re not over-signing, Mark. We’ve been WAY under the 85 scholarship limit for over a year. We have 30-35 spots to fill.

“What?” Scroll back up and read the de-commits AND the follow-up stories on each. We wound up getting a re-commit from a de-commit, and picked up an SC de-commit, too. Calm down; we’re fine.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
1:41 pm

I am excited about Chris Wilson hire this was a great move by UGA i have a good feeling about Tunsil , Adams , Foster or Thomas and Kamara and Crowder dawgs will finish strong several teams have had players flip look at SC and Auburn we took Langley from the Gamecocks .

buckmaster

January 5th, 2013
1:42 pm

I watched Thomas in UA game and reminds me of a good football player named Thomas Davis. Hard to get to NFL if you can’t start or finish your education. Would expect nothing else from a Tech recruit

Tampa Gator

January 5th, 2013
1:42 pm

Wet Wille and Blackoutanyone can relax……

Demarcus Walker is sticking with his commitment to Bama and will enroll early there. Gators still in the running for Daniels and Hatcher (USC commit visiting Florida soon) at DE. I think Adams will end up with either Georgia or Clemson as well, probably Georgia. He is going to be a beast in college and tough to stop. He is still visiting Florida this weekend, but the local recruiting reporter thinks he is not coming to Florida….MOM. She likes the preacher man the best.

Oversigning

January 5th, 2013
1:43 pm

So besides oversigning the dawgs have multiple players de-committing. It was clear from the comments of Trenton Brown in a post months back that the Georgia staff was dishonest with him regarding whether he would play guard or tackle.

Ricky 4

January 5th, 2013
1:44 pm

Hate to hear that but if he doesn’t want to be in Athens then he doesn’t shouldn’t be there. Best of luck to the young man.

ugab

January 5th, 2013
1:45 pm

Big Tiger

January 5th, 2013
1:47 pm

“They’ve got a great hotel and industry program, and I will be learning about how to run a business.”
That’s great son, now go grab my bags and bring them to the room…….

Oversigning

January 5th, 2013
1:47 pm

“We’re not over-signing, Mark. We’ve been WAY under the 85 scholarship limit for over a year. We have 30-35 spots to fill”

You are in fact oversigning. In fact 17 players had planned on enrolling in Jan. but uga only had room for 13. The others have to defer enrollment by 6 months even though they intended to enroll next month. That’s the exact same practice as the “grayshirting” that Saban always asks 1-2 players a year to do. Only differece is Richt just did this to 4 players and not 1 or 2.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
1:48 pm

Two words Mathew Thomas Go Dawgs @oversinging screw you Trenton Brown was drama queen i much rather have Tunsil and Crowder .

RHall55

January 5th, 2013
1:50 pm

Not allowed to enroll early @ UGA….but, yes @ Ok State…move on and get OL!!!!! Opens another spot for that need!!

Terry College

January 5th, 2013
1:51 pm

Based on these comments, you’d think UGA has one of the best business schools in the country, when in reality, it’s 3rd in the state of Georgia behind both Emory and GT.

ugab

January 5th, 2013
1:51 pm

I see that our new DL coach was also a special teams coordinator. Why don’t CMR just hire a darn STs coach? Special teams wins ball games! Blair Walsh is the best in the NFL! We had no one at Uga that could tell Walsh he was rushing his kicks!! If we want to take the next step in competing for a NC every year and winning the SEC, we have to do what the great teams are doing. STs coach, more assistant coaches, more mentors, less drug testing etc

ryan

January 5th, 2013
1:54 pm

If Richt is oversiging its a good thing because it adds depth with Jones, Ogletree leaving i am happy with our class so far and we will finish strong .

Mr. B

January 5th, 2013
1:54 pm

The Georgia staff LIED to my son.

fayncdawg

January 5th, 2013
1:57 pm

He’s probably not skilled enough to be a LB. He’s definitely not big enough to be a 3-4 DE! So if OKST run a 4-3, he should fit in at DE, assuming he gets his weight up to 260. But then again uh, LSU and SC run 4-3 and put players in the NFL. Seem like he could have learned the position at SC just by being around Clowney! Just don’t get it! Nowhere, OK?

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:00 pm

People always look at the dark side of things we have a better chance to get someone better Ruben Foster or Mathew Thomas i mean come on man .

LagDawg

January 5th, 2013
2:02 pm

Tackle or Guard. What difference does it make. His big a** could have played both. With all of the OL commits at Fla., we will find out how good he really is. Trenton Brown that is. If he starts, then he is good, if not, just another big body.

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
2:06 pm

oversigning
You can call it over signing, gray shirting , cheating or any other thing else if it makes you feel better but if Georgia gets there rooster even close to the 85 they can have I will be happy.

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
2:08 pm

Brown may end up a starter and is very good but needs to improve on speed.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:18 pm

Chris Wilson from what i have heard a good coach also a great recruiter i like the move .

Courtney

January 5th, 2013
2:18 pm

Not tough enough or smart enough is the word on the street .

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
2:19 pm

Mr.B
I don’t think anybody lied to a 3 star transfer player. If anything Georgia was too honest with him. Georgia didn’t know if he will work out at Tackle or Guard and told him they would have to wait and see, something Mr. Brown didn’t want to hear. Florida told him what he wanted to hear . Now which one do you really think was not being honest.

MT

January 5th, 2013
2:20 pm

Dude can go wherever he wants, but to list his reasons as the business program and preparing for the NFL are stupid. Have fun in Oklahoma.

Douglas

January 5th, 2013
2:21 pm

I’m not happy if it is true we hired Chris Wilson as our DL coach. Gif Smith should have been hired over him — he now has NFL experience and was a hell of a recruiter for Ga. Tech. What a terrible hire by Mark Richt….just when I thought Richt had some brains, he does something stupid like this.