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Naim Mustafaa takes official to Tennessee

10/22/2012

On Saturday, defensive end Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) took his first official visit -- not to the University of Georgia where he has been committed since June -- but to Tennessee. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound senior was excited to see the Volunteers' defensive coordinator in action for the first time.

"I have been there a few times, but I have not been able to see Coach Sal [Sunseri] in an actual game," Mustafaa said. "I love Coach Sal and how intense he is and I also love their stands and their stadium."

The day before his official to Tennessee began, Mustafaa was on the phone with his recruiter of record for Georgia. As the two talked, Mustafaa says there was no sense of worry on the other line.

"I spoke to Coach [Rodney] Garner Friday and really he was just helping me through the process of enrolling early because the application is due at the end of the month," Mustafaa said. "Georgia knows I am just taking my visits and enjoying some games, so they are not worried."

In that regard, Mustafaa says everything is the same as it was four months ago, when he decided to announce his decision.

"Nothing has changed at all with my commitment to Georgia," Mustafaa said. "I am definitely still 100 percent. I grew up watching Georgia and Georgia Tech, so having a chance to play for the Bulldogs has always excited me. Also I grew up playing with other commitments in this class like Shaq Wiggins (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek), and we stay in touch all of the time."

The key draw to Athens for the four-star prospect is the opportunity to play outside linebacker in college.

"I feel like the players on Georgia's defense are fast and explosive and I love that 3-4 defense that Coach [Todd] Grantham runs," Mustafaa said. "Coach Grantham is intense and he knows what he is doing. When I go up there, he actually sits me down and shows me film. I feel like if they teach me how to stand up outside right that I could be very successful in college."

Mustafaa says he is going to UGA for its homecoming game against Ole Miss on Nov. 3, and will either take an official that weekend or for the senior banquet in December. He had planned on visiting Oklahoma State last month for the Texas game, but will have to reschedule for either next week against TCU or Nov. 10 for the West Virginia game.

As for his senior season, Mustafaa is finally on the right track after a preseason groin injury hampered his play early on. In Friday's 21-19 win over Chattahoochee, Mustafaa had six tackles and four sacks, giving him eight sacks on the season.

"I have had to toughen up and just get used to playing with the injury," Mustafaa said. "I hope to continue improving as a pass rusher, because I love getting sacks."