Local RB Likes State Early

NC State landed an early verbal commitment from Raleigh (NC) Broughton safety Juston Burris, and the Wolfpack will likely be back at that school to take a close look at junior tailback Chris Mangus.

Broughton High School  is home to one of the top junior running backs in the state in Chris Mangus.

The 5-11, 170-pound back from Raleigh has good speed, as he has run the 40-yard dash in just about 4.4 seconds, and has the agility to make defenders miss in the open field.

As a sophomore last year he started for Broughton and rushed for 1,184 yards and 12 touchdowns. This year he should put up even bigger numbers if his first game was any indication of what's going to happen over the course of the season.

Though the game was a blowout in Cary's favor, Mangus had an outstanding performance. He carried the ball just eight times but racked up 175 yards and two touchdowns. He would have had three scores but had one called back on a penalty.

Future Wolfpack student-athlete Juston Burris also attends Broughton and played in the game.

Though Mangus hasn't heard from schools nearly as much as he's going to later in the recruiting process, due in large part to the fact that contact between college coaches and prospects his age has been greatly limited up until this point, he does have a few schools in mind that he already knows he likes.

"Around the local area I would love to go to NC State," Mangus told Pack Pride. "I would also like to play at ECU or North Carolina. My dream school is Florida."

Mangus has attended a few games at NC State over the years, most recently a couple of seasons ago. He has been to one game at East Carolina as well. He told Pack Pride that he hopes to attend some more games this fall but doesn't have anything lined up yet.

Over the summer the speedster camped at NC State, and though he did pretty well he wasn't totally satisfied with his performance.

"I think I did alright," he recalled. "I could have done better, though."

Mangus said one of the major reasons he likes NC State so much is because attending the school would give him the opportunity to stay close to home, which seems as though it might be a big factor. He also said he likes the fact that the school has a "pretty good football program."

Though he wants to be recruited to play running back he said he would be willing to play any position colleges ask him to if it means he will get a scholarship. This year he will be playing a little wide receiver for the Caps, and whatever other positions his coaches want him to play.

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