March 9, 2012

Was Mustafaa impressed?

Few can deny that Alpharetta defensive end Naim Mustafaa has flown under the radar in this 2013 class.

Mustafaa has excellent size at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and is still one of the quickest and most athletic pass rushers in the Southeast, but hasn't quite broken into the national rankings as of yet.

The star pass rusher had an opportunity to visit the University of Georgia last weekend for its Very Important Dawg (VID) event, and Mustafaa left impressed.

"I got to sit down with the outside linebackers coach, who is also the defensive coordinator, Coach (Todd) Grantham, and he showed me a lot of film," said Mustafaa. "He showed me how the defense works, and I was really impressed. He really knows what he is doing."

It was in the Alpharetta native's visit with Grantham, that he learned something that opened his eyes about his recruitment with UGA.

"He really sold me on that defense," said Mustafaa. I really like how they do things there, but then he told me that I am that I am their number one target at outside linebacker. He told me that I am their number one guy there."

Mustafaa recently told UGASports that he was more comfortable in the 4-3 defense as a defensive end because he just wanted to be responsible for rushing the passer.

So on his visit to the Classic City, what exactly was it that sold him on UGA's 3-4 defense.

"The main thing is that I found out I would be playing the linebacker that wouldn't have to be in coverage a lot," he said. "I mean, I knew I could do that, but it wasn't my preference. They basically let me know that my main responsibility would be rushing the passer, and that made me feel more comfortable with it."

One would think that since Georgia has made Mustafaa its top target at outside linebacker, and he is now comfortable with what the Bulldogs defensively, that UGA would be recruiting him as hard as anyone else.

According to the blue chip defender, that assumption couldn't be more correct.

"Georgia is recruiting me very, very, very hard right now," he said. "They along with Auburn and Georgia Tech are recruiting me the hardest, but Georgia is recruiting me very hard."

As for top schools, Mustafaa hasn't been able to narrow things down yet, but Georgia is a team that has his attention at this time.

"I haven't sit down and made a list yet," he said. "I have schools that I like, but I can say that I am and always have been very interested in Georgia."

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