N.C. player gets visit from Vandy coaches

Chris Mangus

Chris Mangus is one of the most electrifying prospects in North Carolina for 2012. While Millbrook's Keith Marshall gets much of the national attention, Mangus is right down the road and making a name for himself as well.

Mangus is a 5-11, 170 pound junior from Broughton HS in Raleigh, NC. He currently holds offers from Clemson, Duke, ECU, Memphis, Minnesota, NC State, Notre Dame, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Vanderbilt stopped by the school recently to check out the talented running back.

"Vandy stopped by recently and they came and watched me lift," said Mangus. "They couldn't talk to me but they talked to my coach. I called them that night and they told me that they wanted me to come down there to visit and meet all of the coaches."

Mangus is very familiar with the Commodores and the advantages of attending a university such as Vanderbilt.

"It's a great school academic wise, which is always a good thing," he said. "They are also in the SEC, which is one of the best conferences in college football. I've met Coach (Charles) Bankins and he's a great coach. He was recruiting me when he was at Maryland. He's the only coach that I have talked to so far and it's going pretty good."

The spring evaluation period has been kind to Mangus as he's picked up some nice BCS offers as of late. He's not ready to name any favorites but he does know what he's looking for in a school.

"I don't have any top schools yet," Mangus said. "I am weighing all of my options right now and I am doing some more visits. I want to learn more about the schools and get to know the coaches there. I am looking for good academics, great coaches, great surroundings as far as other players and people, and a team that wants to win championships."

He's already traveled to a number of schools to see their campuses, and he plans on visiting more schools this summer. He has two schools that recently offered that has definite plans on visiting.

"I have been to NC State, UNC, Georgia, Clemson, ECU, and Duke so far," he said. "Right now I need to plan my upcoming visits out. I know that I am going to visit Notre Dame, and Virginia."

Mangus stated that a trip to Vanderbilt might be a possibility but also admitted that an offer from Vanderbilt would certainly help their chances.

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