Posted by Bryan Fischer
While most of the nation was excited about the college football season kicking off, Raleigh (N.C.) running back Chris Mangus was looking forward to just one team Thursday evening, verbally committing to Virginia Tech after returning from an unofficial visit there.
"I just talked to my parents and was weighing the pros and cons and made the decision," Mangus told HokieHaven.com. "I pretty much enjoyed everything about my visit, the whole trip, everything about it. The coaches and they also have a good football program. Being on campus and talking to the coaches, knowing the history about Virginia Tech, that's what really did it."
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder was also considering Virginia and held scholarship offers from Notre Dame and N.C. State among others. The much-needed commitment at the running back position was due in large part to the Virginia Tech coaching staff winning him over with their success in Blacksburg.
"Coach (Mike) O'Cain was a cool guy, he was laid back and pretty much he was honest, he spoke the truth," Mangus said. "I talked to Coach Shane Beamer as well. He's a young coach and he has a lot of experience being at South Carolina. He knows what he's talking about."
Mangus is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in high school and scored 13 touchdowns last years. He is the 24th commitment for the Hokies, tying them for tops in the nation in terms of number of commitments.
"Not real big but runs with decent power, shows good vision, instincts, moves well, and does a great job of following his blockers," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said of Mangus. "He runs low to the ground and does a good job of avoiding direct hits."
J.C. Coleman is also committed to the program at the running back position and ranked as the 26th-best running back in the country by MaxPreps.