After racking up 50 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, and eight sacks as a junior and earning more than 25 scholarship offers, Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga./Alpharetta) knew he would have a target on his back in the season opener Friday versus Milton.
“We knew I would not have my biggest game because they were looking for me, so I got triple-teamed pretty much every play,” Mustafaa said. “I feel like I played all right. I got off the ball well and jacked the offensive tackle up. I just have to step up and be a leader for my defensive line because we are young.”
Although the Raiders were not able to pull out a win, the four-star prospect has high goals for the season.
“I want to set a sack record and try to win this region and get further in the playoffs,” Mustafaa said. “Last year we lost in the first round, so obviously that is not acceptable.”
The 6-foot-4, 235-pound pass-rusher committed to the University of Georgia in June, but several programs are still in pursuit of him. Mustafaa has scheduled visits to three of those schools.
“I have officials planned to Oklahoma State Sept. 28 when they play Texas, to Nebraska Oct. 26 when they play Michigan and to Tennessee Oct. 19 when they play Alabama,” Mustafaa said. “Tennessee and Oklahoma State are recruiting me the hardest out of those three.”
One school that he has yet to plan an official visit with is the program he is still committed to, but he says Bulldog fans need not worry about his future in Athens being in doubt.
“We have not set an official to Georgia yet because I go up there a lot, like almost every weekend,” Mustafaa said. “My commitment is pretty strong. I love the defense they run with the 3-4 at outside linebacker because I want to rush the passer. I am just enjoying my visits, having a good time and getting free tickets to games.”