Kurt Mangum: A Star is Born?

Kurt Mangum has really come on the scene with a burst in the last few weeks. The 6-1, 227-pound linebacker prospect from Arizona was named the best at his position at the L.A. Scout.com Combine, and followed that up with a great performance at the Adidas Camp. He talked to us about his recruiting...

Perhaps there isn't one recruit that has risen up the recruiting charts more this spring than Kurt Mangum from Chandler (Ariz.) Basha.

The 6-1, 227-pound, powerfully-built linebacker prospect was somewhat unknown since he moved from powerhouse Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's before his junior year to Chandler Hamilton High. At Hamilton, because of his late transfer, he played defensive end.

With his family now permanently settled in Arizona, another move is in store since his parents' new home is in the Basha school district.

But the spring has definitely allowed many college coaches to "find" Mangum. Mangum has been traveling all over the country attending camps, trying to get colleges to notice him at his natural position of linebacker.

Mangum first really made a huge impact on the scene at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine a couple of weeks ago where he was named the top linebacker at the camp over UCLA commit Patrick Larimore and USC commit Maurice Simmons. The weekend prior to the Addias Camp found Mangum flying to Purdue to attend the Nike Camp there, where he also was considered one of the top linebackers in attendance. At the Addias Camp Mangum again showed he is an elite prospect as he was easily the top linebacker in attendance.

Mangum said he has been hearing from UCLA, California, Colorado, Illinois, Purdue, Stanford, ASU, Arizona, and Kentucky. Also, USC's Pete Carroll recently came out to his high school during the evaluation period. Right now Mangum says his top schools consist of UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, ASU, and Illinois.

Mangum has no scholarship offers as this point. The majority of the schools recruiting Mangum have told him they want to wait to see his first two games before offering him.

When asked if having no offers bothered him, Mangum said, "I understand because of my situation. However, I want to let schools know that if they take a chance on me and offer me early they will be rewarded with my loyalty throughout the recruiting process."

An excellent student, Mangum said he holds a 3.75 GPA and plans to take the SAT later this summer.

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