"He's a one-play touchdown type of kid," Broughton head coach Chris Martin said. "He's exciting. He can do what he needs to. He can break a tackle and take it to the house. Out in space, it's really hard to guard him one-on-one. He's not afraid to run inside the tackles. To me he's the complete type of player on offense."
Magnus was named the CAP Eight Conference's offensive player-of-the-year, beating out players like five-star running back Keith Marshall. Playing running back and slot receiver in Broughton's one-back spread offense, Mangus rushed for 1,173 yards and 13 scores.
"We started off the year with [Mangus] at slot [receiver] where he could be a dual threat as a runner or receiver," Martin said. "We try to get a mismatch with him against a linebacker.
"Our other running back didn't work out yet. So we moved [Mangus] back to running back. But it was really obviously when we were trying to throw it to him, because we would motion him out. Next year, hopefully we'll get him back to that slot position."
In late January, Mangus received his first scholarship offer when East Carolina verbally offered. He's also receiving interest from Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Most schools are recruiting Mangus as a running back, his preferred position.
"Some fear his size – can he get big enough," Martin said. "I had a school call me last night and ask me do I think he could carry 215 [pounds]. I believe he has the frame where he could carry it.
"But I think they also know if that doesn't work out he can play the slot."
Last fall, Mangus attended two football games at Duke, two at NC State, and one at Georgia. He has also attended a junior day at Georgia.
Mangus has been invited to visit UNC this Saturday and Virginia Tech the following Saturday.
"I like Georgia a lot," Mangus said. "I like the SEC conference. I like how the game pace is more faster [and there's] more competition."
Mangus is a major part of Broughton's track and field team, running in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400 relays. His personal bests are 10.85 in the 100 and 21.68 in the 200… Mangus' grandfather is an NC State alum.
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