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Jaren Mangham has been traveling all over the country and picking up offers.
Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Missouri have all jumped in the race for the stocky Detroit Cass Tech running back. Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and Wisconsin could get visits soon from the 4-star sophomore.
Despite having ample time to get to know him well, neither Michigan nor Michigan State had offered — that is, prior to Sunday. Mangham made yet another trip to East Lansing, and Spartans coach Mark Dantonio pulled him aside after spring practice.
“He said he loved my film and my agility,” Mangham said. “I reminded him of a back from a few years back that had went to MSU. I can’t quite remember the name. He said I’m very athletic for my size. I have good size and speed. And then he offered me a scholarship.”
Mangham, who stands 6-foot-1, 212 pounds, had been hearing from Michigan State offensive line coach Mark Staten (a close friend of his father), wide receivers coach Terrence Samuel and, finally, Dantonio. The head coach’s words were appreciated.
“It means a lot,” Mangham said. “It’s my first in-state school (offer) that’s very big. I had Central Michigan, but this is Big Ten. I’ve been going to Michigan State since I was in eighth grade, so it means a lot that I was able to get the offer.”
Primarily seen as a running back at the next level, Mangham has been all over the place at Cass Tech, playing running back, slot receiver, outside receiver and linebacker. The Michigan State staff has told him it likes his ability at running back or linebacker.
Mangham, who picked up a Toledo offer on Friday afternoon, continues to take as many visits as possible to give himself a sense of the right fit. Michigan State passed the initial tests.
“I like their whole coaching staff,” he said. “They all treated me like I was part of the family.”
Beyond a strong bond with the coaching staff, Mangham also noted academics and atmosphere as crucial factors in his recruitment. As part of the 2019 class, though, he’s in no rush to come to a decision.
Mangham has a bevy of Cass Tech teammates committed to Power 5 schools, but at this point he doesn’t feel swayed by any of them.
“No one is trying to persuade me to go any type of way,” he said. “They just tell me to go wherever I feel the most comfortable.”
Michigan State goes young with offer
How young is too young to receive a scholarship offer? Apparently not one’s freshman year in high school.
In the past week, 2020 Callaway (Hogansville, Ga.) athlete Cartavious Bigsby has announced his first three offers, and they’re all big ones. First Alabama, then Tennessee. And on Thursday, he posted that Michigan State had offered.
Blessed to recieve an offer from Michigan State ??? pic.twitter.com/P0EcST2cST
— Cartavious Bigsby (@Tank5_21) March 2, 2017
For someone as young as Bigsby, not a whole lot of stock should be put in to what this offer means for Michigan State’s recruitment of Bigsby. If there’s anything to be taken away, it’s that he’s a talent to keep an eye on moving forward.
Spartans hoops commits wrap up regular season
Of Michigan State’s four basketball commits (two seniors and two juniors), three hail from Michigan. Spartans coach Tom Izzo has put a heavy emphasis on recruiting locally during his career.
With the regular season finishing up, it’s time to check back in on them and see where they’ll be headed in the postseason.
2017 Grand Rapids (Mich.) Christian big man Xavier Tillman posted 9 points, 13 rebounds and 6 blocks as the Eagles survived Kalamazoo Central 53-51 in overtime on Thursday. They finish the regular season at 20-0.
Tillman and his team will start district tournament play at 7 p.m. ET on Monday at East Grand Rapids.
2018 Macomb (Mich.) Dakota forward Thomas Kithier and his squad stand at 17-3 going into the tournament. They will host Port Huron Northern on Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
2018 Clarkston (Mich.) point guard Foster Loyer and the Wolves have had no problem getting back on track since a minor slip-up. A 76-37 win Thursday over Rochester Adams brought their regular season record to 19-1.
Oh, and Loyer did this.
— Clarkston Basketball (@ClarkstonBball) March 3, 2017
Clarkston will take on Waterford Mott at 5:30 p.m. ET Monday at Lake Orion.