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.
“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:
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.
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