Canes add 4-star DE to 2013 class

The Hurricanes added a four-star defensive end to its 2013 recruiting class today. Read on to get a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Naim Mustafaa was committed to Georgia for several months last recruiting season but flipped to Oklahoma State in January. He enrolled into school there for the spring semester but never returned for summer workouts. Today, he signed with Miami and was added to the Hurricane roster.

What to Like: Mustafaa's speed, quickness, and athleticism really jump out at you right away. He has a very explosive first step off the ball and when he's out on the edge against an opposing offensive tackle, he usually wins because of his speed and quickness. He has extremely quick hands and feet, and that really helps him disengage from opposing tackles. Unlike most top pass rushers at the prep level, Mustafaa is also a high motor guy. He rarely takes plays off, and is often making plays on the other side of the field when teams decide to run away from him. He has the frame to add a lot more strength and weight, which will likely come while he's redshirting during the 2013 season. He also has good bloodlines. His father played for several years in the NFL and he has a brother who played college football in the SEC. He was a heavily recruited player from the state of Georgia, an area the Hurricanes have been trying very hard to successfully recruit in recent years.

What may concern you: At 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, Mustafaa will need to bulk up. He's going to need to add weight and strength so that he'll be able to hold up against the run. He relies a lot on his quickness off the edge but he'll need to develop more moves as a pass rusher.

Bottom Line: After being committed to Georgia for several months last year, Mustafaa had a large number of scholarship offers waiting for him when he backed off that decision. Florida State, Florida, Auburn, and several others had offered, making him a legit four-star prospect. He was one of the premier defensive end prospects in the state of Georgia, and gives the Hurricanes a tremendous addition to their 2013 recruiting class. He is a lot like Quan Muhammad, and should have a very bright future as a pass rusher for the Hurricanes.


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