Another DT Candidate In Mustafa

In its never ending search for defensive tackle prospects, Oklahoma State has found a 6-4 1/2, 290-pound defensive tackle candidate in Mike Mustafa of Katy (Faith West), Texas. He has good feet and claims he runs a 5.1 forty. He also reports a 385-pound bench press and a 505-pound squat. His story is as interesting as his name as Mustafa has bounced among three high schools in Katy.

Remember the academic controversy at Morton Ranch High School that resulted in the dismissal of the head coach, and offensive and defensive coordinators at the school. It is the same controversy that current Cowboys "star" linebacker Joe Mitchell got caught up in. Mitchell had to sit out what would have been his first semester of his freshman year in college and re-take a class in order to be eligible.

"I got caught up in that," said Mustafa. "I transferred along with seven other players over to Cinco Ranch High School after my junior year and I was happy over there.

"In spring football I earned the starting nose tackle position and was all set for my senior season. Then the district committee came up and claimed that I had moved for football reasons. I was the only player of the eight they accused of that, the only one."

Mustafa said his mother said no hearing and pulled him out of Cinco Ranch and enrolled him in Faith West. "My mother was kind of fed up with all the drama," said Mustafa.

This season Mustafa dominated the competition at Faith West, which plays in Class III and District IV in the Texas Association of Parochial and Private Schools (TAPPS. They have been around for 19 years and won a state championship in 2000.

Mustafa earned all-distrcit honors on both sides of the ball along with honorable mention All-State. He finished with 72 tackles and 3 sacks.

Mustafa, literally, got lost in the system as he was at three schools in two school years. He was hearing from some smaller schools like Lamar but recently said he was really excited when Oklahoma State came to visit him and he was hoping he would get the chance to take a visit to Oklahoma State, which he has now scheduled for this weekend.

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