Rafael (Rafi) Mbuja ‘20 Recruiting Profile

  • Lakes High School
  • Football
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Rafael (Rafi) Mbuja's Football Recruiting Profile
Prim. Position:
Sec. Position:
40 Yard Dash
5-10-5 Shuttle
Bench Press

Personal Statement

      My Parents, the people I'm friends with, and my passion for the game of football, have shaped who I am as a person.  I have had to prove to people that I am capable of doing big things, even though they didn't believe in me.  Some people see my ease of dealing with adversity as not caring.  I have been on some losing teams and some winning teams, but I take each snap as it's own and I do care.

     I've been interested in football my whole life.  I used to watch football on TV and thought I want to do that when I grow up.  I didn't start playing until I was about 10.  I have learned that football motivates me to be my best self, whether it's in the weight room, on the field, in the classroom, or at home.  I am different from other top tier players because I am very coach-able.   When I'm told there's something I can do to improve my game, I really take it to heart and work on it, whether it's from a coach or from another player. 

    As for my academic goals, I want to try to get As and high Bs throughout the rest of my high school years.  I had a rough freshman year, but learned a lot about who I am, what I want, and how to ask for help when I need it.  I went through an adjustment period with family changes, going to a new school, and realizing my strengths and opportunities for improvement.  I know I will be well-prepared to take my academics, and my football, to the next level when I graduate from high school.


High School Information

  • Years w/ Varsity:
  • 3 years
  • Varsity Starter:
  • 3 years
  • 2019 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #24
  • Season Schedule
  • 2018 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #24
  • Individual Awards:
    Honorable Mention All-Conference, For both TE & LB, HMFor both TE & LB, Play of the Week King 5 News
  • Team Awards:
    School record for Team GPA, Conference Champs
  • Season Schedule
  • 2017 Varsity Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #24
  • Team Awards:
    Conference 3rd Place
  • 2016 Freshman Team
  • Starter - Jersey: #15

Coach References

  • High School Head Coach
  • Dave Miller

Additional Sports

  • Baseball
  • F
  • 8 Years
  • Varsity Team
  • Honorable Mention for 3A Pierce County All-League 3rd Base (2018); Honorable Mention for 3A Pierce County All-League Pitcher (2018); Honorable Mention for 3A Pierce County All-League Shortstop (2017)
  • Baseball
  • F
  • 2 Years
  • Club/Travel Team
  • 30 games played: Batting avg .371, 23 innings pitched: 2.130 ERA



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High School Information

High School:
Lakes High School
(253) 583-5550

Academic Accomplishments

Honors Classes:
Yes. I am taking classes for dual credit at a community college through a WA State program called Running Start.
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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • Pierce College for Running Start (dual credit courses) for 2019-2020 full time
  • Activity
    • Volunteer for Idlewild PTA auction (2017 & 2018)
  • Activity
    • Volunteer for Lakes Baseball Youth Camp (2017)
  • Activity
    • Peer Mentor for 2017-18 school year
  • Activity
    • Lakes HS Mentor of the Month for October 2018.

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Contact Information

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Statistic 2019 Varsity Te 2018 Varsity Te 2017 Varsity Te
Games played 1 11 10
Receiving yards 227
Receptions 14
Touchdown receptions 1
Yards per reception 16.2
Assisted tackles 3 2
Forced fumbles 3 4
Pass break-ups 3
Solo tackles 16 19
Tackles for a loss 2 5
Interceptions 3
Sacks 2
Tackles 2


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