Virginia Tech has dipped into the Tar Heel state for its latest 2012 class commitment. 5’11”, 175-pound running back Chris Mangus , who has started on Broughton High School’s (Raleigh, N.C.) varsity level since his sophomore year, verbally committed to Tech this afternoon.
Mangus, rated a 3-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, chose the Hokies over UVa. He also had offers from Clemson, Duke, N.C. State, Notre Dame and Wake Forest.
“He just committed to Virginia Tech,” Broughton head coach Chris Martin said in a phone message this afternoon.
After racking up several 200-plus yard efforts late his sophomore season, Mangus rushed for over 1,300 yards as a junior last season. He added about 300 yards of receiving, a testament to his versatility out of the backfield.
“He has good hands. He catches the ball real well,” Martin said in a previous interview.
Though he has the speed and athletic ability to play wide receiver or defensive back on the college level, Mangus is being recruited by Virginia Tech to play running back. In fact, when he initially narrowed his list Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia and Virginia Tech, the opportunity to play running back was a big factor.
“Those schools have brought him in and seen him. They know he could add 20 pounds to his frame his first year. He could be a 200-pound running back by the end of his first year,” Martin said.
Accompanied by family members, Mangus visited Virginia Tech on July 9, the day of Tech’s second one-day camp of the year. The visit obviously went well, because the talented back is now the 23rd member of Frank Beamer’s 2012 class.
Stay tuned for more on this latest pledge in the coming days on TSL. In the meantime, you can check out Mangus’ 2010 season highlights here.
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