Mangum pulls in first offer

One of the most productive linebackers on the Huskies' radar this year has been Chandler's Kurt Mangum. He finished second in the state of Arizona in tackles and he's recently picked up his first offer. He's beginning to get ready to set up some visits and high on his list of schools to see up close and personal is the University of Washington.

"Washington is and has always been one of my favorites," Mangum told earlier this week. "They are a good school and a great program and I really like the coaches there and what they are doing.

"They were really physical with Cal on Saturday and they put it to them pretty hard. Their linebackers are real active and they're young and athletic. I really like the scheme they play with their 'backers and I think I could go in there and help right away."

Mangum recently was offered by Colorado State and he said he's hoping to set up a visit with them soon as well as the Huskies and Duke.

"All three of those schools talk to me all the time," Mangum said. "Washington probably talks to me the most. They are really interested in me and said they really like the way I play the game and the way I'm phyiscal as a tackler.

"Duke has started to come on pretty strong and Colorado State just offered me and they want me to visit in the next couple of weeks.

"Washington told me they want me to visit after their season is over and I'm expecting to talk to the coaches next week, after they play the Apple Cup and before they play Hawaii to set up a visit date."

Mangum finished the year with 144 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

"I had a good year, but we lost in the first round of the playoffs," Mangum lamented. "We had so many injuries and we were playing a lot of young guys, but we battled and played hard the whole time.

"I finished second in the state in tackles, but the guy I was behind played in a lower-league so I don't know about that. I really came out hard and wanted to be the best I could be my senior year and I think I accomplished all of my goals, except for winning a state championship."

As far as a commitment, Mangum will not be making an early decision and wants to take all of his visits.

"I just want to give teams a chance to watch my film and see if they want to offer me," Mangum said. "Washington is right up there for me and I really would like them to offer because they've always been a favorite school of mine."

We'll continue to track Mangum as the recruiting process picks up and he begins his visits.

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