Mangus Visits UNC

Chris Mangus visited North Carolina last Friday, where he received a status update on a possible UNC scholarship offer.

"They mentioned that they wanted me to come to their camp to see me in person," Mangus said. "They want to see me in action just to get more familiar with me.

"They said they saw my highlight film and thought I was a good player and how I would be a good asset to the team. They said they're looking forward to seeing me on campus more."

Mangus, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder from Raleigh (N.C.) Broughton, has been piling on the scholarship offers recently. Since East Carolina offered in late January, he has collected an offer from Memphis, Duke on Saturday, and Notre Dame on Tuesday.

Mangus is being recruited as both a running back and receiver. He has played both positions during his prep career.

"Notre Dame, they're trying to get me to play the slot, so I can take the jet sweep and get into open space [and] catch a few passes by creating mismatches on linebackers," Mangus said. "Duke is pretty much the same way – have me at slot and running back a little. Memphis said they'd have me playing running back. North Carolina was mainly talking about me playing running back there.

"I like playing running back, but I don't mind playing slot."

While at UNC on Friday, Mangus sat in on a running backs meeting, which was directed by Ken Browning.

"It was a great experience," Mangus said. "I got to see how college players watch film, how they break down film, and how they get prepared for practice. They all paid attention to the stuff [Browning] had to say like the little things that he told the players they need to work on to help them out and make them a better player."

Following the meeting, Mangus headed to the practice field for UNC's sixth spring session.

"It was pretty intense," Mangus said. "Everything was at a fast pace – very high tempo.

"At first, I was pretty much taking it all in watching everything seeing how everything went. And then I went over and watched the running backs and saw what they did during practice."

Between the meeting and practice, Mangus received a good look at how Browning coaches and teaches his running backs.

"He's a pretty good coach," Mangus said. "He's pretty laid back [and] straight forward. He told the guys what they need to work on and what they did well on."

On Saturday, Mangus attended Duke's Spring Game, where he was offered a scholarship by the Blue Devils.

"It was a rainy day, but it was a good experience," Mangus said.

Mangus favors two schools and neither have offered him – Clemson and Georgia.

"I've been down to Georgia twice – I've been down for a game and a junior day," Mangus said. "When I went down there I had a great experience. The atmosphere was wonderful. I had a great time. When I went down for the junior day, I toured around the campus and it was a wonderful campus. And they had a lot of things to offer as far as helping out their student athletes.

"Clemson, I haven't really gotten down there yet. But I know it's a pretty good school and it's just something about Clemson I like a lot. I want to try to get down there soon to visit."

Mangus has also visited East Carolina this spring.

Besides recruiting visits, Mangus' focus is his spring track season. He is running the 100- and 200-meter dashes, and 4x200 and 4x400 relays for Broughton. Thus far, his personal best times are 10.76 seconds in the 100 and 21.9 seconds in the 200.

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