Yousef Mugharbil Hoping To Take More Visits


Yousef Mugharbil
OL, Class of 2021
Murphy High School, Murphy, NC
6-5, 315

In August, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association made the decision to postpone fall sports until the spring. It’s a decision that has been difficult to accept for plenty of high school athletes, including Murphy (NC) three-star offensive lineman Yousef Mugharbil.

What has added to the frustration is in part proximity. Murphy is the westernmost high school in the state. Tennessee and Georgia are a short drive away. The lack of a fall season hasn’t deterred Mugharbil’s recruitment much, with a top seven group of schools and a couple of others that could especially be standing out. But even as he eyes a likely upcoming decision of where he’ll play football and attend college, he struggles seeing others having the chance to play fall sports.

“You drive 25 minutes and watch a high school game and it’s like, ‘why can’t we do that?’ Mugharbil said. “‘Why does that 25 minutes matter?’ But there’s bigger cities like Raleigh dealing with it more than we are. It just makes you think, there’s no difference with us and (somewhere like) Union County, Georgia.”

But Mugharbil, Rivals.com’s No. 17 player in North Carolina for 2021 and No. 40 offensive tackle nationally, has trudged on. While his top seven of Virginia Tech, Florida, North Carolina, Penn State, NC State, Louisville and Tennessee is still in place, it’s personally down to a couple of schools based on a few factors.

“First, it’s the people there, like the coaches and the staff,” Mugharbil said of his internal top two. “I’ve been in contact with them for a long time now and I keep up with them a lot. I just think they’re good people and they’re good at what they do. Just with everything that I’m going to be facing, this football process, they’re good to have.”

The Hokies offered in May of 2019 and have firmly been in the picture since. Mugharbil has not seen Blacksburg in person, but said he could visit in the next few weeks with his family.

“I’ve heard great things about it, and I’d like to see it for myself,” he said. “I’ve heard it’s a lot like it is around here. It’s a small town, but there’s a lot of things to do. The campus is nice, the facilities are being built up and there’s lots of renovations put up on it. I’ve just always been told, it’s a really great place to see for yourself.”

Assistant coach Vance Vice has been Mugharbil’s primary recruiter throughout the process, and while Mugharbil said he likes the relationship they have, it might have waned a bit as of late.

“It’s pretty good with us,” he said. “I haven’t been in much contact recently. But in the past, we were on the phone a lot, we’d keep in touch and be on the phone. I think he’s a great person, a great coach. We haven’t been in contact much recently, but I think he’s a great coach.”

The only visit Mugharbil has set is Monday to Florida. The visit will be his first there.

“The people and just the football, they’re a great football school, a great academic school,” Mugharbil said. “I love the coaches, and they have a lot to offer me. It’s something that I’m interested in. I haven’t seen it, so I just want to go down there and see everything.”

After that visit and the possible one to Virginia Tech, Mugharbil said he could be ready to decide. He said he hopes he’ll be ready to make a commitment within the month.

In the meantime, Mugharbil said he’s going through personal workouts and small-group workouts with

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