February 20, 2012

Mustafaa has one goal

All Alpharetta defensive end Naim Mustafaa wants to do is get to the quarterback, and why not?

As a junior, he tallied nine sacks and totaled 60 tackles while facing double teams as a defensive end in a three-man front.

He hopes, however, to change that at the next level.

"I just want to rush the passer at the next level," said Mustafaa. "I'm most comfortable as a 4-3 defensive end, but I can also play that pass rushing outside linebacker in the 3-4 too. I want to go after the quarterback."

At 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, the rising senior has the perfect build to develop into an elite pass rusher, and schools are beginning to take notice.

Mustafaa has received over a dozen offers in the last two months, and while he remains wide open at this point, two schools are recruiting him the hardest.

"I'm open to everyone right now with no favorites," he said. "But I would say that Georgia and Oklahoma State are recruiting me the hardest."

The Peach State star grew up in College Park, Georgia, and grew up the two biggest home state teams, despite the fact that they are bitter rivals.

"I grew up liking Georgia and Georgia Tech," said Mustafaa. "I obviously liked Calvin Johnson from Georgia Tech, but I followed Georgia during that D.J. Shockley era when they won the SEC Championship. I liked both of them a lot."

Since Mustafaa grew up rooting for the Bulldogs and they are also recruiting him the hardest, it is no wonder that he has built some very strong relationships within the UGA staff.

"I talk to Coach (Rodney) Garner a lot," he said. "He is just a great guy and a cool coach. I also talk to Coach (Mark) Richt a lot, but I know the entire coaching staff and like them all, too."

As for Mustafaa's preference in regards to a system, it doesn't really matter at this point. As he said before, he just wants to scare quarterbacks.

"When it comes down to it, 3-4 or 4-3, it won't matter," said Mustafaa. Georgia, Alabama, and Georgia Tech are recruiting me for the 3-4, and as long as I can sack the quarterback, I'll adapt to whatever."

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