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Scouts: Mustafaa fits at OLB for Dawgs

Georgia added another piece to their 2013 class which sits in the top five here in the early going, as they gained a commitment from front seven defender Naim Mustafaa (Alpharetta, Ga.). The in-state prospect is listed as a four-star defensive end, but in the Bulldogs 3-4 scheme he will likely fit best as an outside linebacker.

Overall, this is an active and physical defensive player with good size and room for further physical development. There will be some adjustment needed for a move to linebacker, especially in his ability to adapt some of the coverage responsibilities he will have to take on, but for a player who will predominately play near the line of scrimmage and be asked to defend the run and rush the passer he has the tools and should be able to make the transition well.

A prospect who is capable of being a strong run defender as he not only has the size, but demonstrates the ability to bend and use his hands well and be able to separate and shed. We like his motor and while he may not share quite the same athleticism as Jarvis Jones or the newly singed and ultra-athletic Josh Harvey-Clemons, Mustafaa displays good straight-line speed and utilizes proper angles in pursuit. Can work to be a sharper tackler, but he does show that he can wrap-up and deliver a pop. In the end may be able to develop into a stronger run defender than Jones, but he may not quite ascend to the same level as a pass rusher like Jones who tallied 13.5 this past season.

He lacks a great initial burst to threaten with speed, but he does display the ability to be a good power rusher as he demonstrates good strength and can get into blockers and push them back and knock them out of their cylinder. He may not quite be the same edge rusher as Jones and he lacks the same type of natural tools that a Harvey-Clemons possesses, but if he develops a pass rush arsenal around his strengths as a player he can still be a very productive pass rusher who can create pressure and tally sacks.

Linebacker is a need for Georgia as several bodies including Jones could be moving on after this season, but with a young Ray Drew already on campus, a Harvey-Clemons coming and now a prospect like Mustafaa on board, the Bulldogs are reloading very well.