Auburn Offers Defensive End Prospect

Naim Mustafaa from Alpharetta discusses his visit to Auburn along with his long list of scholarship offers.

Alpharetta, Ga. – Naim Mustafaa, a 6-4, 235-pound defensive end from Alpharetta High School, left Auburn's second 2012 junior day with another scholarship offer.

He received the offer while sitting in a meeting with head coach Gene Chizik.

"It was great," Mustafaa said of meeting Chizik. "It was nice to meet him. He's a pretty good guy. They offered me. It's pretty good. It meant a lot. I've always been a fan of the SEC, so it meant a lot.

"Right now I'm just keeping my options open so I really can't say (where Auburn stands) yet," Mustafaa added. "But I'm definitely interested."

Most of Mustafaa's offers are from big-time BCS schools.

"It's a long list--17," he explained. "Kentucky, Auburn, UGA, basically everybody in the SEC and ACC. In the BIG 12 it's Oklahoma State and Missouri."

Asked if any colleges jumped out as possible leaders, Mustafaa responded, "Not really. I'm just looking at everybody and keeping my options open right now." However, he added, "Most likely (I'll make my decision) over the summer."

Growing up in Alpharetta, not far from Georgia or Georgia Tech, he said he's always favored the two big in-state schools. "Just the SEC, period. But UGA and (Georgia) Tech, because I live in Georgia," he said of childhood favorites. "I've always been a fan of the SEC, but I've still got a big decision to make. I'm just taking my time right now."

At 6-4 and 235 pounds, Mustafaa said his best 40-yard dash time is 4.7 seconds and that he recorded 60 tackles and 10 sacks last season. He said he willll be basing his decision on a couple of factors.

"Most importantly academics, but just the vibe it get when I sit down with the coaches and the coaching staff," he noted. Mustafaa, who plans on majoring in Business, spent a large amount of time going over academics while on his visit at Auburn.

"We went to the different academic centers and sat down with all of the academic coaches and all of that," he noted. "It went great. I got a chance to tour the campus and sit down with all of the coaches. It went pretty good.

"I talked with the D-line coach (Mike Pelton), and of course the head coach," Mustafaa added. "They just talked about the defense, and just academics--a lot on academics really."

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