Mangus Taking His Time

Needham Broughton (N.C.) running back Chris Mangus currently holds offers from ten schools. One of those schools is the Minnesota Golden Gophers. was able to catch up with Mangus on the latest in his recruitment.

"Recruiting has been going good and has been heating up these last few months," Mangus said. "I just visited Notre Dame about two weeks ago and plan on going to Virginia Tech on July 9 and Clemson on July 16 and that's all I have planned right now."

In his sophomore season Mangus rushed for 1,184 yards and 13 touchdowns, last season he rushed for 1,173 yards and 13 touchdowns and was named the CAP Eight Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Currently he does not plan on attending any camps and will take only visits.

Mangus explained what he is looking for in a potential school.

"I'm looking for a school that has great academics I'm looking for coaching staff that I feel comfortable with and the people around the school that I can feel comfortable with and fit in.," he said. "I'm also looking for a school that feels like a second home because I'm going to be there for four years, a school that is capable of winning a BCS championships and also one that puts players in the NFL."

Although his teammate Drew Davis committed to Minnesota it likely won't impact Mangus' decision.

"I don't think it will have any impact on me, everybody is different and they have to make their own decisions," Mangus said.

Could a visit to Minnesota be in the works for the speedy back?

"I don't know yet, I'll have to talk to my mom and my grandfather about it," he said.

The 5-foot-11, 168-pounder explained what kind of player and teammate he is.

"Right now I would say that I'm a leader and I lead by example," he said. "My main attributes are my speed, I work hard, I run hard, I can catch the ball out of the backfield and I'm a pretty good blocking back as well."

Mangus has been working hard this offseason to prepare himself for his final high school season.

"I'm going to try and get stronger, faster and quicker," Mangus said. "I'm also going to work on my blocking and just trying to be more of an impact player on the field making plays at anytime I touch the ball."

Mangus has no timeline for his decision.

"No, I don't have a timeline just when I feel the time is right and I'm comfortable with my decision and I don't have any leaders quite yet."

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