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

Rambo Dog

January 5th, 2013
2:23 pm

Mr. B, YOU are a liar, and “if” you did have a son (but you don’t because you are a Tech nerd)….we wouldn’t offer him, because he would suck like you do. Loser

Rooty Tooty

January 5th, 2013
2:23 pm

Stay tuned..more defections are comming for UGA!!!!!!

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:23 pm

@7576Dawg i agree 100% trolls never shut up .

dawgs01

January 5th, 2013
2:25 pm

everyone saying the uga staff lied to trenton brown. got news for you recruiting is down and dirty as it gets from the recruits playing game to the every school that plays football blowing smoke up everyone butt. wake up recruiting is a dirty business and to be the best you got to be cut throat mark richt needs to tell a few more lies bc his honesty cost us some recruits before. trenton brown said the florida staff told him something about uga was not being honest about well i am sure florida had no motives behind that they were just doing what they felt was right.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:25 pm

@Rooty Tooty no there not half of the class has all ready signed more to come more defections to come LOL .

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
2:27 pm

Can’t believe we have this many coming in early. unprecedented. We are sure going to clear up that depth problem. 2013 will be better than 2012 but I don’t like playing great team the first or second game in case we have suspensions or the roster is just not set yet. Georgia’s first half next year will probably be the hardest schedule in the nation.

dawgs01

January 5th, 2013
2:28 pm

that paragraph was hard to read that i just wrote. in a hurry

o1dog

January 5th, 2013
2:30 pm

he’s going to osu to learn how to run a bar when he gets out?? hilarious! no big dea—the dogs are loaded at this position

Rooty Tooty

January 5th, 2013
2:30 pm

Cant wait to see the look on the faces of a bunch of old guys milling around the Butts Mehre on signing day with dumb looks on their faces when they realize how many recruits flipped to other teams. Dream Team = Nightmares

Since 1980

January 5th, 2013
2:30 pm

The tanned preacher strikes again!

I mean, strikes out!

Butts Mehre

January 5th, 2013
2:30 pm

Naim didn’t come to UGA because I wanted him to play tight end like I did with Cam Newton.

XOXOX Coach Bobo

Rooty Tooty

January 5th, 2013
2:30 pm

Cant wait to see the look on the faces of a bunch of old guys milling around the Butts Mehre on signing day with dumb looks on their faces when they realize how many recruits flipped to other teams. Dream Team = Nightmares

Intheknow

January 5th, 2013
2:31 pm

If these guys don’t want to go to Georgia we don’t need to beg them……we should only take those players who truly want to be there…we don’t need to lie and beg anyone to sign like other schools do. Carolina is notorious for telling players what they think they want to hear.Whens the last time you heard of anyone from Georgia going to Okla. St and being successful….NEVER……his loss not ours!

clm

January 5th, 2013
2:33 pm

pickens must have offered him an oil well

Dawgie

January 5th, 2013
2:36 pm

Looks like Rooty Tooty (Tech Nerd) does not know how to operate the submit button…..probably an EE major…LOL

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:38 pm

I guess this is troll blog the trolls just don’t want believe that we have signed most of our class all ready we loose few recruits just like other schools have and they think its end of the world .

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
2:43 pm

Douglas
I’m sure one of the main reasons that Grantham and Richt picked Chris Wilson was because he was Oklahoma’s special teams coordinator for 2 or 3 years. and that was one area that has killed Georgia in the last few years.
Wilson is also a good recruiter.If Richt and Grantham are happy then I am happy . It can only be a step up from what Garner has been doing the last 3 or 4 years. How many yards has our Defense given up to running right up the middle the last 3 or 4 games?

kerryb

January 5th, 2013
2:43 pm

Boone must have gotten out the checkbook

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:45 pm

SC, Auburn , Florida , Miss St and even Bama have some player flip or decommit at some point this recruiting year so there Rooty Tooty oh yea Clemson lost Robert Nkemiche the top recruit .

Rooty Tooty

January 5th, 2013
2:45 pm

@ intheknow….. What happened when UGA played Okie State the last time?

Aunt Pittypat

January 5th, 2013
2:45 pm

Let me guess, you didn’t really want him, anyway. Yeah, right.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
2:48 pm

Rooty Tooty that was few years ago UGA had back to back winning seasons stop living the past .

Contractor

January 5th, 2013
3:04 pm

Hate to rag on a kid, but he should have let his coach write his explanation out or a teacher, because he just sounds crazy and uninformed about his reasoning. Georgia is in the top of the NCAA when it comes to placing kids in the NFL, and their academic ability is tops in a lot of different areas. I have no problem with a kid changing his mind, but be honest and have somewhat of a clue what you’re talking about before you say it. I’m an Alabama fan, so no biased opinions, just had to say this kid’s reasoning is fishy and holds no water whatsoever.

Rooty Tooty

January 5th, 2013
3:06 pm

Who is this Chris Wilson Clown???? Another Great hire by Ricky Bobby Richt…….

Ragamuffin

January 5th, 2013
3:09 pm

“Hate to hear that but if he doesn’t want to be in Athens then he doesn’t shouldn’t be there.”

English Major?

slydog

January 5th, 2013
3:11 pm

“I really like the area in Stillwater”
“But I want to go to the NFL one day, so I have got to do what’s best for me.”

Now this is the definition of a big azz lie. In other words, “I have a better chance of starting on that sub-par defense, well, because they actually need me more than Georgia. BTW, the brown paper bag was just a wee bit bigger because talent from the South (SEC?), and Georgia in particular, are in high demand. At Georgia, there are about 7-8 guys just as good as me on their roster already. Not so in Stillwater.”

Anyone with an IQ above 40 knows this is exactly what happened here. Good luck to you Mr. Mustafaa. Your de-commitment has just opened up a scholarship for a better player.

zbulldawg

January 5th, 2013
3:17 pm

So he thinks he has a better chance of playing in the NFL & being a “sports bar owner” if he goes to Okie St. What ? Boy that’s orginal. That’s got to be a first in the history of the SEC. Best of luck to your goofy self. LET THE BIG DAWG EAT !!

tenn.DAWG

January 5th, 2013
3:24 pm

Has to be more to this story.

ryan

January 5th, 2013
3:24 pm

Who cares what the trolls say when we get Adams and Foster or Thomas i will be happy with that that’s a better trade IMO .

Bill King

January 5th, 2013
3:25 pm

Terry college GEORGIA isthe best college in the state that plays football

Valyboy32

January 5th, 2013
3:30 pm

Did Demarcus Robinson commit to UGA i know my ears didnt lie to me!!

slydog

January 5th, 2013
3:31 pm

Also, lest I forget, that defensive line coach hire needs to happen like yesterday. There are too many good Dline coaches sitting at home doing nothing.

Ted Striker

January 5th, 2013
3:31 pm

Sounds like a good kid. May feel that playing in the 4-3 rather than the 3-4 would be advantageous. Good luck to him…and next recruit up!

7576DAWG

January 5th, 2013
3:31 pm

ryan
I also, think he wasn’t going to qualify to come in early at Georgia and he de-committed because of that.
I hate it when a recruit at the last minute lets a slick talker from another school convince him that he is better off with them . I bet that Avery Young wishes he had not let Auburn talk him into switching last year to Auburn.

slydog

January 5th, 2013
3:34 pm

how do you know if you want to own a sports bar if you’ve never been in one?

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 5th, 2013
3:46 pm

Best College Hospitality Degrees that play big boy football:
#2 Michigan St
#5 Virginia Tech
#7 Penn St
#8 Washington St
#9 Central Florida
#10 Iowa St
#11 Purdue
#13 Kansas St
#15 Oklahoma St
#16 Georgia St……just moved to FBS

So yes Okie State has a BETTER SCHOOL for what Mustaffa wants to study.

LSUTigerinATL

January 5th, 2013
3:49 pm

This kid has a better change winning a national championship at Ok State than at UGA! Good luck!

Ron Roberts

January 5th, 2013
3:49 pm

“Making” a recruit wait til fall semester to start school isn’t the same as “grayshirting.” They’re still able to perform in the immediate next season, whereas “grayshirting” when oversigning means asking them to wait an entire season.

JimDawg

January 5th, 2013
3:52 pm

Perhaps new defensive line coach from Miss State can pursuade DE Chris Jones to follow him to Athens.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 5th, 2013
4:00 pm

slydog
January 5th, 2013
3:34 pm

how do you know if you want to own a sports bar if you’ve never been in one?
========================================
How do you know he has never been in a Sports Bar? I don’t know a Single sports fan that has never been to a sports bar. Muslims can go to a sports bar can’t they? They don’y drink or smoke but i think they can drink water and eat chicken wings.

GTDog

January 5th, 2013
4:02 pm

Hey Hey LSU man! Hope you’re having a great weekend! Good luck in the Chic-fil-a Bowl, hoping you win big!

Moist Dawg

January 5th, 2013
4:05 pm

He was impressed by their tradition? Are you kidding me? What a disgrace. UGA is one of the most storied programs in ALL of sports.
There must be some shenanigins goin on here because it makes no sense.

GTDog

January 5th, 2013
4:09 pm

I’m guessing some of us don’t quite understand the whole early enrollment deal. It’s not that UGA was limited to 10, 13 or 17 early enrollees. Any school can enroll as many players as it wants in January rather than June, and they count against that year’s 25 scholarships.

The exception is when a school undersigns the previous year. In that case kids who enroll early can be counted against the previous class numbers in order to help fill that class.

In UGA’s case, they undersigned by 10 last year, so the first 10 kids who enrolled early counted against the 2012 class. That leaves an additiional 25 spots for the 2013 class. 3 of those spots are already taken by early enrollees, so the Bulldogs can sign an additional 22 players on signing day.

Jacket Man

January 5th, 2013
4:10 pm

I can promise that there are always two sides to every story, just like when he eded up “committing” to UGA over GA Tech. That “surprise” should have waved a bit of a flag to you Bulldog fans then and there, if you get my drift…

Wish the young man well. Perhaps he’ll find some classes he’ll “enjoy”.

GTDog

January 5th, 2013
4:10 pm

Uh SMART……he’s 17.

Say what

January 5th, 2013
4:13 pm

Buzzed: “Even we at Georgia Tech, which is really down, has won a national championship more recently than the mutts.”

Oh well, I guess engineers don’t need to know how to construct a proper sentence.

A person SMART enough to know.....

January 5th, 2013
4:18 pm

17? So what if he is 17?
Hooters, Wild Wing Cafe, Twin Peaks, Tilted Kilt and Stats are all sports bars and they are full of women and Children. If you only serve people over 21 in the Sports bar business you are STUPID.

Iluvnutella

January 5th, 2013
4:22 pm

Been there done that got the T shirt….dont sweat it dawggies, prob more comin with R. Gadner leavin…..F him tho…most of the recruits he signed were thugs anyway….addition by subtraction. i GUARRRANNNTEEE less DUI and Assult charges now that RG is gone…..better quality kids. Oh btw, Go Jackets!

Dave

January 5th, 2013
4:22 pm

Hey moist dog……get a clue. UGA has no tradition whatsoever. You copied green bay for your logo, auburn on your stupid dog walk, have no fight song except the song about 1000 other schools play, and you haven’t won a championship since carter was president. You are just legends in your own minds. You UGA fans are clueless on education as well. UGA is an average school. All these words like top notch and prestigious is nonsense. Everyone with a brain cell knows UGA only increased in the rankings in recent years because the hope scholarship inflated the admissions. When you invite every student in the state to come to UGA with a B average for free, guess what, you will have to increase the standards, and news flash it’s not hard to get a B average in high school, especially not in Georgia, one of the worst states in America for test scores. Just because every redneck in the state wants to bark at people doesn’t mean you are any smarter. Half the kids just get drunk for four years and end up waiting tables anyways. Naim, don’t listen to these people. Follow your dreams. Looks like you researched your degree and are making a wise choice. Good luck.

bucket

January 5th, 2013
4:24 pm

@ GTDog – You are correc that some folks on this football recruiting blog have no clue how the early enrollment deal works. I guess that shouldn’t surprise me when I conside they have no desire to have an intelligent conversation about football or recruiting. I am not sure why MC doesn’t delete a lot of that crap.