August 30, 2010

2012 intro: Chris Mangus hopes to get noticed

Although the Broughton Capitals didn't have the type of showing they hoped for in their season opener on Friday night, running back Chris Mangus can't hang his head with how well he preformed in his season debut.

Mangus, a 5-11 and 170-pound running back, only carried the ball eight times as the Captials were whitewashed by the Cary Imps, 53-26, but the speedster racked up 175 yards rushing and two scores, in addition to a 12-yard reception. This summer, the junior was working hard, trying to catch the attention of colleges following a sophomore campaign in which he ran for 1,184 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.

"Right now, I'm just trying my best to get a scholarship to play football," he said. "I love the game."

The ever-present home run threat boasts a maximum of 250 pounds on the bench press, 325 pounds on squat, 230 pounds on power clean and 185 pounds on push press.

Although Mangus began playing football in sixth grade, the sport didn't really grab a hold of him until the end of his seventh grade year, which is why he says he didn't grow up pulling for any certain schools. However, he does have a few schools in mind that he would like to check out.

"Right now, I'm thinking about N.C. State and I like ECU and Florida," he said.

The Capitals' offensive star placed fifth in the 200 meters at the 2010 NCHSAA 4A state track championships while also finishing sixth in the 100 meters. At a Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine this spring, he earned sophomore MVP honors as the fastest player in attendance and clocked a 4.48 40-yard dash time. Mangus said his all-time best is a 4.46 that he ran at a Nike combine in Charlotte.

The versatile star sees himself as someone who is able to play slot receiver and running back at the next level and is hoping to begin hearing from colleges soon. One advantage for N.C. State will be its proximity to his home but that is not the only thing working in favor for the Pack, who will welcome his high school teammate, Juston Burris, next fall.

"They have a good program," Mangus said. "The academics are pretty good, as well, so if football doesn't go well, I still have a back-up."

If Mangus can continue to perform like he did in the season opener, it shouldn't be long before he starts to hear from colleges and receive invitations to visit campuses for football games. If the Pack were one of those teams extending an invitation, Mangus would be estatic.

"I would love to [go to some N.C. State games this year]."

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