Clemson offers '12 running back

Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell offered a speedy running back out of Raleigh, N.C. last Friday, and it's placed the Tigers firmly in the mix for the 2012 prospect.

RB Chris Mangus Profile

Needham Broughton High School junior running back Chris Mangus received the offer over the phone. Caldwell had been by the school for an evaluation two weeks earlier.

"I was very excited. I like Clemson and I had been waiting to hear more from them," Mangus told recently. "I had been hoping to get an offer from them. I was basically just waiting, and it came."

He's developed a nice relationship with Caldwell, who's entering his first-season as the Tigers' offensive line coach.

"So far, I think he's a pretty good coach. He's a laid-back, cool, down to earth guy," Mangus said.

He visited Clemson earlier this spring for the Orange and White game.

"I'll probably go back there sometime soon, but I don't know [when]. I want to see some more of it. I didn't get to see as much," Mangus said.

The spring game visit was a positive experience.

"From what I saw, I enjoyed everything," he said.

Clemson is "high on the list" alongside Notre Dame.

"They're a great school, academic-wise and football-wise. That‘s good, it has the best of both worlds," Mangus said of Clemson. "They compete for the ACC championship and contend for the BCS. It's got everything I want. The coaching staff is pretty good."

The Irish offered last month. So have N.C. State, Virginia, Wake Forest, Duke, Minnesota, East Carolina and Memphis.

As a junior, Mangus rushed for 1,173 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named the CAP Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year. He picked up the award over the nation's No. 1 running back, five-star Keith Marshall.

As a sophomore, Mangus rushed for 1,184 yards and 13 touchdowns. Top Stories