Mike Mustafa: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with Faith West Academy High School head coach Rayford Cooks about Mike Mustafa, a 6-5, 290-pound defensive tackle from Katy, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Rayford Cooks: He loves the game, that's one. He's just like a big machine, he doesn't stop. HIs size, strength and desire.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Rayford Cooks: The transition of work that's required and the speed of the game. I think he'll adapt. He's a committed kid when it comes to football, so I think his commitment will help him overcome that transition.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Rayford Cooks: No, not really one. In different game situations we put him where we needed him, such as against spread teams that used motion off the formation a lot, we utilized his bull-rush to drive the center back into the backfield to disrupt the handoff. We faced a few teams that were effective in their spread offenses and he would just dominate the line of scrimmage.

What type of impact do you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Rayford Cooks: He's quick on his feet and he's big and strong, so I think he'll bring a great deal of power to that defensive line. I hope he can become one of the best in the nation.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Rayford Cooks: From visiting with him and the desire I get from him, I could see him as a professional athlete.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Rayford Cooks: He's a good kid. He's always happy. I saw him get emotional one game. He's not the type that gives speeches to the kids, but when it comes to speaking with emotion, that's what he does. In one game at halftime he got emotional and there was a quiver in his voice and I may have seen a teardrop from his eye when he was telling his teammates that it was time to step up and win this game. I'll remember that about him.

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