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Naim Mustafaa is sold on Georgia D

3/4/2012

Before attending Georgia’s VID Day on Saturday, defensive end Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) was not thrilled with the idea of playing outside linebacker in Todd Grantham’s 3-4 defense. But after spending the day in Athens, Mustafaa has had a change of heart.

“Before, I wasn’t too sure about the outside linebacker position because of covering, but as I sat down and talked with Coach Grantham, he showed me a bunch of clips of Jarvis Jones and I am really sold on the position,” Mustafaa said. “I really wanted to just sit down with the defensive coordinator and see really what their game plan was for me. And it went pretty good.”

The coaches laid out a simple yet appealing plan for the 6-foot-4, 235-pound tackling machine.

“I would be playing that outside linebacker position and basically they want me in the place where my boy Jarvis is right now. They just want me to go after the quarterback and get sacks.”

Grantham has a way with words when it comes to outside linebackers.

“I had a great impression of Coach Grantham,” Mustafaa said. “He definitely knows what he is talking about. He was coaching me while I was there. He showed me some stuff I would learn when I get there. He definitely made a good impression on me.”

Mustafaa, who is closing on 20 offers, was told he is a top priority for the Bulldogs.

“In my class they told me I was No. 1 on the board, but they didn’t tell me how many they wanted to take,” Mustafaa said.

He apparently liked what he heard on VID Day.

“I have always been an SEC fan and I am from Georgia, but this definitely makes me more interested in Georgia,” Mustafaa said. “The visit went great.”