April 19, 2011

Chris Mangus enjoys long look at State

Chris Mangus lives close enough to NC State that it is just a short drive from his home to the school's campus. The Raleigh (N.C.) Broughton running back took full advantage of State's proximity to home at the end of last week, unofficially visiting coach Tom O'Brien and the Pack on Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week.

"I liked their facilities, they had very nice facilities," the junior said. "I had a good time."

Mangus watched practice on his first day on campus then took in another workout on Friday while the annual player's reunion was going on. After the reunion, the speedy running back had a special one-on-one meeting with O'Brien and the head coach extended a verbal tender to the 5-11, 170-pounder.

"On Friday, they had the alumni [reunion] and I watched practice," Mangus said. "I talked to Coach [Mike] Archer and Coach [Jerry] Petercuskie. After practice, I went to speak to Tom O'Brien in his office, that's when he offered me.

"I was very excited, especially coming from the head coach. It meant a lot to me."

The burner could move to slot receiver at the next level, but would prefer to stay toting the rock in college. He wasn't sure which position the Pack was recruiting him at, but either was fine with the rising-senior, who admitted State has found a firm place in his mind.

"I think they're recruiting me as an athlete, I don't know for sure, though," he said. "I'd rather play running back but I wouldn't mind playing a little slot [receiver] as well.

"As of now, State is my favorite in-state school. I don't really have any favorites, though."

Although Mangus did not get to speak with any players during his extended weekend on campus, he made the trip with one player who will be donning the Red and White this fall: 2011 signee Juston Burris, a Broughton teammate.

"We've talked about [playing together in college] a few times," Mangus said before clarifying that, while it would be nice to play alongside Burris in college, it wouldn't be a major deciding factor.

Mangus went to Clemson's spring game the weekend before taking in State's event. He has also seen Georgia twice while also tripping to East Carolina, North Carolina and Duke previously. Notre Dame, Minnesota, Duke, ECU and Memphis have all extended verbal tenders while UNC, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Georgia are showing interest. Mangus said he and his family are working on a trip to see South Bend in the future.

The junior back, who has previously placed in sprint events at the state track meet, admitted that he likes State a lot but also cautioned that it is still early in the recruiting process.

"I'm still waiting [to name favorites], I'm still doing my research on schools," Mangus said. "I'm trying to find out as much as I can so when I make my decision, I know I'm doing what's best for me. I don't have a timeline, I'll commit when I feel the time is right."

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