Saturday, January 5, 2013
DE Mustafaa flips to Oklahoma State
By David Ching
ATHENS, Ga. -- Naim Mustafaa will be an early enrollee after all, but it appears as if it will not be at Georgia.
A four-star defensive end, Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) plans to early enroll at Oklahoma State and intends to start classes on Monday.
“I had to keep re-evaluating my decision and do what was best for me and I thought that with my body type, I would fit better in a 4-3 defense as a defensive end,” said Mustafaa, who at 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds probably profiled as an outside linebacker in Georgia’s 3-4 scheme.
Mustafaa, who initially committed to Georgia in June, told DawgNation’s Radi Nabulsi on Saturday that he has known he would be attending Oklahoma State “for a few days.”
He had just arrived in Stillwater, Okla., on Saturday when he said that Mike Gundy’s coaching staff eventually won him over by never wavering in their interest in his becoming a Cowboy.
“They were very excited because they were recruiting me very hard,” he said of the Oklahoma State staff’s reaction when he decided to flip. “They were not one of the first schools to offer me, but like the fourth or fifth and they have always recruited me hard.”
ESPN lists Mustafaa as a four-star prospect, the No. 31 defensive end and the No. 35 prospect in the state of Georgia.
His switch was not unexpected for Georgia’s coaching staff as he initially planned to join the Bulldogs’ big group of early enrollees. However, he was not among the 13 player names that UGA released on Friday as preparing to start spring semester in Athens on Monday.