2013 DE emerging in Georgia

Five schools have already offered this emerging junior in Georgia and more are on the way. Find out who this prospect is, where he is from, what offers he has, his connection to the NFL, and more here.

Scout watched his tape recently, called his head coach, and found out this junior had offers.

Naim Mustafaa is his name and he is a 6-foot-4, 235 pound defensive end out of Alpharetta, Ga. When Scout called his coach, Jason Dukes had nothing but good things to say.

"Virginia Tech offered Naim as soon as they saw him, then Virginia offered, and so on. He is going to get a lot more offers," said Coach Dukes.

"Naim is a 6-foot-4, 235 pound kid that is still growing. He has a lot of room to add weight if needed, he may grow another inch or two, and he is a kid that does his assignments on the football field.

"Each coach that has come from here and sees him and his tape, likes him. The offers for Naim are just starting."

Other than Virginia and Virginia Tech, Middle Tennessee, Missouri, and Ole Miss have offered the junior out of the Peach State. He is hearing from many other schools too.

"Things have really gotten going here lately," Mustafaa said. "I think Georgia and Oklahoma State are both close to offering me. Coaches from those schools were at Alpharetta recently checking on me.

"Alabama, Tennessee, and a lot of other schools are showing interest now. I have been invited to some Junior Days and I have plans to be at Alabama this weekend and then Oklahoma State the next weekend."

Naim's father Najee Mustafaa played football for Georgia Tech before playing in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Cleveland Browns, so the 2013 defensive end has good bloodlines.

The Yellow Jackets are not one of his early favorites though.

"Me and my dad have already talked about this and I have decided that I want to go somewhere different. I just want to go somewhere different. They are a good school, but I won't be following my father's footsteps there.

"A couple schools I liked growing up were Alabama and Tennessee. My dad played for Coach [Nick] Saban when he was at Cleveland, so that is why I kind of like Alabama and I am a big fan of Eric Berry. Eric Berry played at Tennessee and I watched him there, so he is the reason I have interest in them."

Right now, those two SEC programs along with Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Oklahoma State are Mustafaa's top five.

This is a long process and Mustafa is just going to keep working the way his dad did, and he knows all will work out in a good way.

"My dad has helped me a lot and more than anything, he has showed me how to work hard to get what you want," said Mustafaa. "As a kid, most want to be like their dad, so I work hard like he does, and it worked for him, and I feel it will work for me.

"It is exciting to be getting offers and I know they are coming because of hard work. I am just going to take visits, talk to coaches, and find the right school for me."

Simmons Thoughts: Mustafaa plays very disciplined football. You see him on film staying home, containing his edge, and playing smart. He has very good length and he has a motor too that never stops. He has active hands, he knows how to disengage, and he will get even better when he improves his pad level. He is great in pursuit and he shows the athleticism needed to play rush end in a 4-3 defense or outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He is a player I see starting out in the Scout300 on Scout once the rankings are released for 2013. Mustafa finished the 2011 season with 50 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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