Mangram, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback, hails from the same high school as the Cyclones’ 2015 running back signee Joshua Thomas, and Iowa State was busy in Georgia this spring during the spring evaluation period. The recent offer from Iowa State joins a mix that also includes Syracuse, Army and Eastern Carolina.
“The offer came in Tuesday from Coach [Maurice] Linguist,” Mangram said. “We’ve been talking this spring before spring practice and stuff. He came and saw me at spring practice and he told me he liked what he saw. He told me they really want me out there and they offered me. He just told me they liked my film and stuff. He came and saw me and liked how I move as a corner, likes my hips and stuff.”
Mangram has thus far only made visits to Wake Forest (for Junior Day), UMass and most recently Syracuse on Monday. He currently doesn’t have any other visits planned, but is expecting to talk with Iowa State about the possibility of visiting.
Thus far, Mangram’s conversations with Linguist have been about where he might fit into Iowa State’s defense and about his hopeful major, aerospace engineering.
“He just told me it’s a [good] engineering school and he told me to look it up for like five minutes,” Mangram said of Linguist. “He really just told me to look it up.”
As the summer arrives, Mangram doesn’t have any schools that stand out.
“I’m liking most of the schools that are interested in me right now. I really just have to see those schools and see what interests me more and stuff,” Mangram said. “Really just the culture of the school, making myself feel like I’m at home and I really like it, if the school offers the major that I want to take and early playing time [is what I’m looking at].”
Mangram’s timeline for a commitment remains uncertain, but he isn’t expected to make a decision anytime soon.
“I could see myself [committing] during or after [the season]. But I’m really not sure yet,” Mangram said. “Probably not [by the end of the summer].”