Naim Mustafaa: GT Offer?

The recruitment of Alpharetta defensive lineman Naim Mustafaa has taken off over the last month. He has received attention from schools around the country. Saturday Naim took a visit to Georgia Tech with his dad Najee who played at Georgia Tech in the 80's (many of you will remember him as Reggie Rutland back then).

Profile - Naim Mustafaa

The trip to the Georgia Tech campus was a good one for Naim. "I had a chance to talk with the defensive coordinator, Coach (Al) Groh, the defensive line coach, Coach (Andy) McCollum, and I talked with head coach, Coach Paul Johnson."

The coaches talked to Mustafaa about the position they'd like him to play in the 3-4 scheme. Most of the schools are recruiting him as on outside linebacker as is Georgia Tech.

Naim prefers playing at the outside linebacker position. This upcoming season I will be used as an outside linebacker. My coach says with me being 6' 4"-235 that I would make a great outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme."

"One thing that I really liked and stood out to me, and especially my dad, is that they talked a good bit about my academics and how they really stress their players in getting a quality education. That was something that was very refreshing and I really liked knowing that do really care about how I do in school and not just on the football field."

The visit changed Naim's previous statement that he would go to a different school than his dad. "The fact that Georgia Tech has a good football team and I hit it off with the coaches so well, I really have moved them up on my list. I am definitely considering them in my recruitment after the visit today."

Naim received a verbal offer from Coach Johnson on the trip and he now has fifteen offers. "Georgia Tech, Georgia, and Tennessee are recruiting me the hardest right now."

Even though his dad played at Georgia Tech and in the NFL, he is trying to stay out of his son's recruitment. "He is letting it be all me. He says he wants to keep it on me and let me handle it and make my own decision."

When Naim is ready to make his decision, knows what he will be looking for from each school. "Basically it will boil down to who has the best combination of academics, coaches that I feel that I like the best and have my best interests in minds, and the fan support." Bonding with the coaches will be a big factor in Naim's decision.

Mustafaa is using the offseason to work on improving his game. "Right now I am working on my footwork and doing workouts to improve my strength and to get bigger." Naim also hopes to improve his speed."

There isn't a timetable for Naim to make his decision. "When I feel that the right school is there, that is when I will make my decision. It could be early or close to signing day it all depends on when that feeling hits."


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