6-foot-3 / 230 pounds
Charlotte (NC) / Audrey Kell
Mugala was a two-star defensive lineman from Charlotte who had committed early on to Purdue. He was a two year starter for his high school team.
Mugala will spend the 2015 season redshirting in an effort to fill out his frame with good weight. Coming out of high school he was noted for being extremely quick off the line and having strong hands to disengage from defenders.
Last minute takes in a recruiting class usually fit one of two categories - they player is either a can’t miss prospect who made a late decision or had a change of heart or they are a player with a lot of tools and potential. Mugala is the latter of the two, and he possesses the kind of potential that has worked well for players in Cutcliffe’s system. He’s got a great frame and is quick and fluid on the field. He’ll work hard for a year or two in the weight room to fill out and gain strength while also hoping his run defense catches up to his edge rushing. Perhaps his biggest asset out of high school was a high on field IQ that allowed him to play fast and utilize angles when in pursuit - those things will serve his well as he adds the physicality he’s currently lacking.
How he ended up in Durham
Mugala committed to Purdue in October, but kept his options open and reached out to Duke in November to gauge interest. From there the Blue Devils passively recruited him before the two sides agreed to a visit in January.
On that visit the Blue Devils made a scholarship offer and Mugala quickly pounced on it. Other schools involved included Army, Navy, and Connecticut.
High School Highlights
Two-year letterwinner at Ardrey Kell High School for coach Adam Hastings ... after final campaign, was one of three finalists for the Greater Charlotte Football Awards Defensive Lineman of the Year accolade ... earned first team All-South Meck 8 and All-Charlotte Observer honors ... as a senior, guided the Knights to a 10-4 record ... team advanced to the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NHSAA) 4AA state playoffs [info from this last section gathered from GoDuke.com]