Mark Richt probably slept quite well Saturday night after securing the commitment from Georgia Tech legacy Naim Mustafaa, a top outside linebacker recruit from Alpharetta (Ga.) High School. Mustafaa is a consensus four-star recruit and one of the better pass rushers in the Southeast.
The commitment hurts Georgia Tech for a number of reasons. Naim is a Tech legacy. Both teams play the same 3-4 defense, so Tech fans cannot rationalize the commitment due to a difference in scheme preference, as both schools recruited him to play outside linebacker. And, of course, Tech will have to play against Mustafaa three or four times in the coming years.
The loss is magnified because it is difficult to find elite pass rushers who have both the grades for and interest in Georgia Tech.
Mustafa stands 6'4" and checks in at 235 pounds.
Mustafaa is the first outside linebacker recruit in Georgia's 2013 recruiting class. The Bulldogs now sit at 20 recruits and are vying for the top recruiting class in the country.