Touted N.C. running back picks Hokies over Cavs

By Doug Doughty

Virginia Tech has taken a football commitment from Chris Mangus, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back from Raleigh, N.C., who picked the Hokies over Virginia.

Mangus has rushed for close to 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns for Broughton High School over the past two seasons.

Notre Dame also had made an offer to Mangus, who has been timed in 10.85 seconds for 100 meters. Clemson, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest were among six ACC schools who had made offers to Mangus.

He is rated the No. 18 prospect in North Carolina by rivals.com, which rates him 31st on its list of the top 50 running backs in the country.

Mangus is the second running back to commit to Tech for 2012, joining SuperPrep preseason All-American J.C. Coleman from Oscar Smith.

Two of Tech’s 24 commitments have come from North Carolinians, including linebacker Dahman McKinnon from Hope Mills, a suburb of Fayetteville.

Posted to: College Football Sports Va. Tech Football

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Makes Sense

It makes sense for all parties involved. Once UVA got Morgan, Mangus wasn't as important anymore, considering Richardson/Parks are both a class ahead (assuming Richardson doesn't redshirt). Clifton's a far better talent. At Tech, after Wilson, there isn't another guy that is that threatening of a talent to become an everydown back. JC Coleman looks like he could fill an all-purpose type role, akin to Parks at UVA, but it's hard to imagine Coleman as an everydown guy.

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