May 3, 2011

Chris Mangus' recruitment is picking up

Raleigh (N.C.) Broughton Chris Mangus had a stellar junior year, racking up 1,312 rushing yards and 13 scores while hauling in another 300 yards and two scores through the air. Yet, his recruitment took a while to take off. Once it did, though, it went at a breakneck pace, and that still has not ceased in the heart of the spring evaluation period.

"It is picking up right now," he said. "I just got offered by Wake Forest [Friday] night so it's really been picking up lately."

The versatile athlete earned his first offer from East Carolina in January. Then, he went until March before earning his second, which came from Memphis. Notre Dame offered in late March after seeing his film and Mangus' recruitment has been a whirlwind ever since.

Currently he also boasts tenders from NC State, Duke and Minnesota. Several of the interested colleges have dropped by his school lately, including Wake, Miami, Duke, ECU and Notre Dame.

"As of right now, I don't really have any favorites," the speedster said. "I'm still weighing out all my options to see which schools I like the best. Whichever school I feel the most comfortable with and I feel fits me the best [will be important]. Whenever I'm ready, I'll make my decision. I'm just playing it by ear right now."

Mangus has previously said that NC State has emerged as his favorite in-state program. He visited campus April 14-16 and came away impressed by the Red and White, who he admits has always had a soft spot in his heart. When asked if the Pack's 9-4 campaign last year helped in his recruitment, the ball carrier was quick to say, "I've always liked NC State a little bit."

"I like them a lot, it's close to home - that's not really a main factor, but it's nice for my family, they all can come see my play," he said. "It's a great school. I like their facilities, they have nice facilities. They're upcoming, they had a good season last year and are on the rise."

Defensive coordinator Mike Archer is in charge of the Pack's pursuit of the local product and 2011 signee Juston Burris, Mangus' high school teammate, is also trying to lure the standout to campus.

Mangus was set to work out as one of the most-anticipated prospects at the most recent Shrine Bowl Combine, but a minor hamstring strain kept him out running at the event. He sat out simply as a precaution, because he has the regional track championships this week and wanted to ensure that he was at full strength. As a sophomore, he placed fifth in the 200 meter dash and sixth in the 100.

"I'm just getting it right for regionals next week," he said. "I needed to rest it up a little bit. Track is going pretty good, besides the injury. We'll test my leg this week and see how it is, we'll go from there. Normally, I run the 100, 4x4, 4x2 and probably the 4x1 or the 400."

In addition, Mangus has been working hard in the weight room, trying to get stronger, and has put in a few hours doing film study. He can already see improvements from last fall. Broughton started optional workouts last weekend, but the rising-senior was unable to participate since he was taking part in the combine, where he measured in at 5-foot-11 and 173 pounds. He also recorded 13 repetitions on the bench press at 185 pounds.

"As far as the weight room, I've been lifting pretty hard and getting stronger," he said. "I've also been working on drills outside of school just to get better and stay in football shape. I have gotten faster, stronger, bigger and quicker since last year. I'm able to read a defense better and make better decisions as far as my vision goes thanks to watching film, studying the game and just going out, working hard."

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