Four-Star Running Back Lists Vols Among Favorites

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    The Vols have been on a hot streak on the recruiting trail lately. When they haven’t been picking up commitments, they’ve been making the cut when prospects list their top remaining schools. Five-star linebacker Henry To’oto’o included the Vols in his most recent list, as did four-star receiver Khafre Brown. And Tennessee made yet another list of another highly-rated recruit in the 2019 class on Monday.

    Jaren Mangham is a running back/athlete who plays for Cass Technical in Detroit, Michigan. He trimmed down his list to his top nine schools remaining, and the Vols made the cut. He also added that next up is his commitment, but he didn’t provide a specific date as to when that might happen.

    Mangham includes a trio of Texas schools, and the Vols are the only SEC school on the list besides Texas A&M and Arkansas. Jeremy Pruitt officially offered Mangham on December 8th, the day after he took the job at Tennessee.

    According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, Mangham is a four-star prospect and is the No. 345 overall player and No. 31 athlete in the 2019 class. He boasts nearly four dozen scholarship offers, and the other schools outside of his top nine who have offered him include Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and plenty more.

    The 6-foot-1, 214-pound back is listed as an athlete because he’s played both running back and outside linebacker in high school. But he’s primarily played running back, and that looks to be the position he’s being recruited at the most.

    As a running back, Mangham has great vision and a good initial burst once the ball is in his hands. He has the frame that Tennessee’s coaches covet in a running back, and he puts that size to good use when running. He’s not easy to bring down, and he has good speed as well. He’s an effective pass catcher out of the backfield too.

    Tennessee isn’t targeting too many running backs in the 2019 cycle, but Mangham might be someone they take if they can get him to visit and come camp with them. He certainly has a lot of raw ability and athleticism, and his size looks like something UT’s coaches definitely want at the position.



    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.