Christ Church has become a dominant force having won three straight state championships. The Cavaliers have had their share of great prospects during that run and another one has emerged from the 2015 class in defensive tackle Thad Mangum. We caught up with Mangum as he talked about his first season playing football for the Cavaliers and about his recruitment.
It was a highly productive junior season for Mangum in his first season playing for the Cavaliers. For his play he earned All-State honors as well as a state championship.
"I had 96 tackles, 35 assists, 8 sacks, 16 tackles for loss, 3 deflected passes, 14 quarterback hurries, 1 blocked kick, 2 caused fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries."
Helping the Cavaliers win another state championship earned him some pretty quick dividends as well.
The 2015 prospect told us about some of the schools who are showing interest that he's visited thus far and what he enjoyed most about each program.
"I've visited Coastal Carolina. I really liked their campus and I liked the coaching staff and how they really showed love to me and my family."
"I've also visited Charleston Southern. I liked their campus too and their attitude towards the game. They really like to work hard and they turned out to have a pretty good year last year."
"Charlotte is another school I've visited. I like them because they are up and coming plus their facilities were top notch."
Asked to break down the strengths and areas for improvement when it comes to his game Mangum didn't hold back.
"The biggest strengths of my game would have to be my versatility. If I'm lined up against a larger opponent then I know for a fact I can finesse my way through them but if it's a smaller or equally sized opponent I can use my power to get to the ball carrier."
"To get better I am working mostly on my upper body strength and muscle mass so I can withstand the beating of playing defensive tackle. I'm still adjusting with last year being my first year it's a process for me."
Mangum talked about what it was like for him winning a state championship last season.
"Winning state was a great experience. It was also kind of bittersweet because the coaches wanted me to play ever since I was a freshman and every year I didn't play we won a state championship so finally my junior year I joined and earned a ring also."
"Some goals I have set for myself next year are to be more of a vocal leader, to make a statement early next year, win another state title, and to earn some big scholarship offers."
Mangum says he plans on camping with Wake Forest, Clemson, Mercer, Charlotte, and Coastal Carolina this off season and will also compete in the Shrine Bowl Combine as well.
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Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks stopped by Christ Church on Tuesday morning to see Mangum. Mangum says Brooks talked about his grades, told him he wanted him to come to camp with the Tigers, and that he'd be back to see him during Spring practices.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...THAD MANGUM
Bench press: 305 pounds
Squat: 350 pounds
Power clean: 250 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.87 seconds