Tennessee football makes cut for 2021 North Carolina OL Yousef Mugharbil

This Murphy, N.C. offensive lineman has the Tennessee football Volunteers in his top seven.

Wednesday evening was a time for Tennessee football players to emerge among 2021 prospects in the trenches, including one defensive end and one offensive lineman. These are consistently two areas of focus for Jeremy Pruitt.

In addition to making the top five for Alabama edge rusher Demarcus Smith, the Vols made the top seven for North Carolina offensive lineman Yousef Mugharbil. Coming out of Murphy High School in Murphy, N.C., Mugharbil is listed as a three-star on Rivals and 247Sports but a four-star on 247Sports Composite and ESPN.

The 6’4″ 300-pound prospect included the North Carolina Tar Heels, N.C. State Wolfpack, Virginia Tech Hokies, Florida Gators, Louisville Cardinals and Penn State Nittany Lions on his list in addition to Tennessee football. Mugharbil announced his list on Twitter.

After working to re-establish a pipeline into North Carolina, Pruitt is now beginning to struggle there given how great of a job Mack Brown has done trying to close off the state. Still, he’s gotten four players from there in his 2021 class, including his only offensive lineman so far, Colby Smith.

Taking that into account, Pruitt clearly needs more help at the offensive line position. Despite the incredible recruiting he has done there in previous years, a program like UT’s always needs to restock its line. Also, Trey Smith, Brandon Kennedy and Riley Locklear are all seniors.

As a result, Pruitt and co. want to make sure that they have a solid collection of talent for the future, and Mugharbil could help with that. Listed as an offensive tackle, he is also a rising prospect as the No. 35 ranked player at his position nationally.

Currently, there are no favorites to land Mugharbil on the Rivals Future Cast or the 247Sports Crystal Ball. N.C. State is the favorite to land him by a majority on the Rivals Fan Future Cast, and we discussed UNC’s growing hold on the state under Brown. As a result, landing this guy will be tough for Tennessee football, but they’ve got a great chance.