Miami Hurricanes Snag Former 3-Star Oklahoma State DL Naim Mustafaa

Randy ChambersAnalyst IAugust 8, 2013

Credit: 247Sports
Credit: 247Sports

Miami can't do anything wrong these days in terms of recruiting. Al Golden and his coaching staff are working relentlessly to get the program back on top, and Thursday provided another small step toward accomplishing that goal.

Defensive lineman Naim Mustafaa has decommitted from Oklahoma State and is now a Hurricane, according to of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The 3-star recruit (247Sports) from the 2013 recruiting class has already been added to the team's roster, per the report.

Mustafaa, who participated in spring drills for Oklahoma State earlier this year, will be forced to sit out this season due to NCAA rules. He will be eligible to play next season with four years of eligibility remaining.

Mustafaa was a longtime Georgia commit but decided to pick Oklahoma State as national signing day approached. Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy then confirmed during Big 12 Media Days that Mustafaa was no longer part of the program. The reason for the departure remains unknown.

Miami is now hoping the new addition will work out once he's eligible.

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Mustafaa is considered a defensive lineman at 6'4", 235 pounds, but he could also be a nice fit as an outside linebacker. He has wonderful athleticism, uses his hands well and is truly a disruptive defender.

His size needs to improve for him to be an edge pass-rusher in the 4-3 defense, but that can certainly be worked on during his year of ineligibility.

Another thing Mustafaa has going for him are his great bloodlines. His father, Reggie Rutland, played seven seasons in the NFL as a defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings, Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.

The Hurricanes continue to impress, as they have 26 commitments in the 2014 recruiting class, which is good for fourth-best in the country, according to 247Sports.

Mustafaa was considered to be the 20th-best strong-side defensive end in the 2013, per 247Sports. He also had offers from Tennessee, Florida, Nebraska and Virginia Tech, among others.


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