“Recruiting is really picking up,” said the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Mangram. “My first offer was from Wake Forest, then I had a pause in recruitment until I got my offers from ECU and UMASS. A lot of other schools are talking to me including Northwestern, Georgia Tech and Michigan State.”
As spring approaches Mangram expects to hear from more coaches and some may even stop by to see him.
Buford is a small school and the football team is small as well resulting in Mangram playing multiple positions. He splits his time at running back and cornerback for his team, but feels more comfortable in the secondary.
“Cornerback is probably my better position,” said Mangram. “I feel more natural at that position and it’s where I use my ball skills best.”
Mangram’s offers are all at the cornerback position. ECU outside linebacker coach Duane Price extended him his offer on Jan. 29 after seeing him play on film. It was an offer he was caught off guard by, but one he looked forward to receiving.
“I was excited about the offer from ECU,” said Mangram. “I saw them play really well in their bowl game against Florida and it sparked my interest. It’s a good program and a good school.”
Making the trip up from Georgia has proven to be difficult for Mangram, but he hopes to make a visit to ECU in the coming months. He mentioned in a perfect world he would love to be able to take a trip to each one of the schools that have offered him.
Mangram recovered from his pelvic injury last season and was able to make an impact for Buford in his junior campaign. However, he mentioned junior year wasn’t up to his standards and that the injury had him playing under his usual production level.
He hopes senior year is a different story and brings about more interest from schools.
“I think I just did what I had to do when the ball was in my hands throughout the year,” he said. “I want to improve on fundamentals and be in better shape next season. Coming off the injury I was playing raw out there. I think I have more room to develop and get better.”
This spring and summer Mangram expects to attend camps and take visits to schools. As of right now he doesn’t know which schools exactly he will make it out to, but ECU is on the list off hopefuls.