Building-block players are important. A team is nothing without an offensive line to protect the quarterback and opening up holes for a star running back. Dan Mullen knows this as well as anyone and that is why he is recruiting hard on the offensive line for his class of 2021 recruits.
By Steve Wright
Mullen picked up another piece this week with the commitment of Murphy (Murphy, NC) High School OT Yousef Mugharbil. Mugharbil is a 4-star prospect per the 247Sports Composite Rankings and he is rated as the No. 266 player in the country, the No. 15 OG and the No. 17 player in the class from North Carolina.
Mugharbil stands at an extremely solid 6-foot-4.5 and 304 pounds, and he is going to be a load on the Gators’ offensive line after picking the school over the likes of North Carolina, Penn State, and Tennessee.
Mugharbil is an OT in high school that projects more as an OG at the next level due to his length and skillset. He is a talented downfield blocker – something important in the RPO game where guards are often asked to pull and make blocks at the second level – and he has outstanding feet for his size. He will need to develop as a pass blocker given that he is from a rush heavy high school offense, but the transition should be well within his range.
His highlight film (below) is impressive as it shows his ability to both swallow defenders and also move them where he wants them to go. You can also see his blocking range on a number of plays where Mugharbil either sweeps with the RB action or gets downfield to make blocks happen that not every high school offensive lineman would be able to achieve. Yousef Mugharbil is going to be a player with the ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line too, an invaluable skill as a college athlete.