As Clemson’s quest to find a running back for its 2018 class continues, the Tigers already have some legitimate, talented options for 2019.
One of those players is Jaren Mangham, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound back out of Cass Technical (Mich.) High School.
Mangham told The Clemson Insider he plans on taking a decent amount of visits this fall.
“I’ll be visiting Michigan State, Mississippi State, Alabama, Pittsburgh and Missouri and a few others,” he said.
While Clemson was not on his official list for visits this season, there is a strong chance he will come down to Death Valley for a game, especially if they offer him soon.
“Still a top school for me just waiting on the offer,” he said. “I know they’ve offered a couple of Michigan players already so I hope mine is coming soon.”
Mangham frequently talks with Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott and defensive line coach Todd Bates, and while they just talk about “the little things, nothing serious,” he is hoping that it could lead to an offer. However, Mangham is unsure of where he stands right now.
“Neither coach has said nothing, but I hope so, it would mean a lot,” he said.
As for his overall interest in the Clemson program, Mangham is very high on it, and that an offer could turn the tables of his recruitment.
“I’ve been there three times and have camped there to so my level of interest is very high,” he said. “The offer would definitely do the trick.”
The Tigers still have time if they plan on trying to make Mangham a part of their 2019 class, as he said he will narrow his choices down at the end of this season and commit next spring.
Clemson is still analyzing Mangham and watching tape, but he already believes he can fit into its offensive scheme and help the team out right away if both sides decide they are a perfect fit for each other.
“I think I’m a great fit and my skill sets would work well within the offense,” he said. “I can run in between the tackles and then go out wide to slot or wide receiver and catch the ball with the best of them and I’m a more than willing blocker on pass or run plays.”
According to Mangham, Michigan State, Oregon, Southern Cal and Missouri are showing the most interest in him at this point.
While Mangham does not have a definite list of top schools, he said, “Anyone who has offered at this point is a favorite because they have shown faith in me early.”