Defensive tackle Mustafa Jalil (6-4, 300, 5.1) from San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic will be one of the most sought after players out of the Golden State for the class of 2011. There aren't that many players who play the "money" position of defensive tackle like him.
As a sophomore, Jalil accounted for 50 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. That is a lot of damaging production for an inside guy.
Jalil was a very important ingredient for a State Championship team as a sophomore and he definitely isn't used to losing, but that harsh taste, at one time or another, befalls us all.
"We had our first loss in 26 games last week," Jalil said. "We were up 21-3 in with about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and just couldn't seal the deal.
"We had like five turnovers down the stretch," Jalil said. "It was a good wake up call for everyone.
"We've had a great week of practice so far," Jalil said. "We lost one game my freshman year and I didn't play Pop Warner so I've really only lost two games. It left the most bitter taste in my mouth."
Though Jalil is only a junior he is already getting big time recruiting action.
"I talk to Arizona State and Washington the two schools that have already offered me and then most of the Pac-10 schools as well," Jalil said. "Really right now I'm loving Miami. I'm thinking about taking an unofficial visit down there sometime.
"I can't do this weekend because I'm going to USC, but I may try to take the unofficial for the Virginia game," Jalil said. "I'm going down there with my head coach and his son.
"I've talked to Miami's head of recruiting and coach Clint Hurtt, the defensive line coach," Jalil said. "I actually called him before they got my film I think, it was pretty awkward.
"Ever since before my freshman year really Miami has been my school," Jalil said. "Everything about the program really, I was looking on Rivals and they had the No.1 recruiting class for defensive lineman for 2010.
"That's something I like," Jalil said. "I don't want to play with any scrubs. I want to work for everything I get."
Jalil also has been building rapport with Washington.
"I've talked to coach Johnny Nansen and coach Joel Thomas," Jalil said. "Really Washington has the sickest coaching staff.
"Coach Thomas is hilarious," Jalil said. "When I filled out one of the surveys they send out my sophomore year. I put "Big Foot" as one of my relatives that attended Washington and he said something about it when we're talking.
"I thought it was cool that they actually went through and took the time to read those things," Jalil said. "The way they are turning their program around is great."
Is there a timeframe for a commitment?
"If I know it in my heart," Jalil said. "Then I'll go ahead and do it."
What is Jalil looking for in a school?
"Education is number one," Jalil said. "Knock on wood, but if I blow out my knee or something, I want a good education to fall back on."
As good as Jalil is with his explosion and power off the line, he's hungry to improve and he is relentless in that aim.
"I want to be quicker," Jalil said. "I can get to the quarterback and I want to show that more. So my footwork and mentality are some things I will get better at."
That's the opposition needs is quicker Jalil to worry about. Definitely a player that you must jot down for you 2011 prospect list, he is a keeper.