With official visits beginning this week, one of the higher-profile recruits that the West Virginia staff has gotten to make a visit is Jaden Mangham.
Mangham (6-foot-3, 185 pounds) is a four-star recruit and rated by 247 Sports as one of the Top 20 athletes in the country. He has a current offer list that stands at over 35 scholarship offers. Along with WVU, Mangham has received offers from schools like Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt and Tennessee.
Groves 2022 WR/DB Jaden Mangham with the WILD TD catch from the Legacy 7on7 League.
Despite the camera losing focus, it appears he got the toe down!!!
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Before Mangham started the drive from Birmingham, Michigan to Morgantown, he spoke to West Virginia Sports Now about his decision to use one of his five official visits to come see Neal Brown’s program.
“It’s really just an exciting day because of all the hard work I’ve put in to get to this point,” Mangham told WVSN. “Having the opportunity to go on my first official and being able to get out and actually see and talk to coaches which has been very long time since I’ve done that. I’m just very excited and in a very good mood and can’t wait to get there.
“West Virginia has always been truthful with me and my family. That really means a lot. Since day one, they’ve always been truthful and honest in their communication and have always told us the truth. Because of all that good stuff, it was very helpful in making the decision for them to get one of my official visits. It was really easy to pick West Virginia for a visit.”
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While he intends to have fun this weekend, Mangham also realizes that making official visits is important because it’ll be a tool that helps him in making his eventual college decision. I asked him how he intends on treating this weekend in terms of evaluating the West Virginia program.
“I’ve always been thinking about what questions I want to ask on the trip and some new questions might come up when,” he said. “I know that it’s also going to be important for me to evaluate the environment that I would be in and the relationships with the coaches, which right now is great. I really am anxious to see the campus. It’s been a really long time since I’ve been on any campus and really want to see West Virginia.”
After this weekend, Mangham told West Virginia Sports Now that he has official visits scheduled to Georgia Tech, Illinois and Nebraska.