Linebacker Kurt Mangum (6-1, 230, 4.6) from Chandler (Ariz.) Basha is beginning to make a name for himself after some stellar combine performances since February. One of the reasons that Mangum is kind of flying under the radar is he will be playing at his third school in three years.
Mangum played at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's as a sophomore. He played on a State Championship team as a junior with Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton and since then his family has moved into the Chandler (Ariz.) Basha district where he will lace them up for his senior season.
As a junior, Mangum played out of position as a defensive end, but he will lineup at Mike for Basha and could see some action on the offensive side of the ball as a one back or fullback.
As an edge player, Mangum racked 67 tackles, 12 quarterback hurries and seven sacks on the season.
"We've had about 15 schools come by already," Basha coach Tim McBurney said. "Mostly getting transcripts, but there is interest in Kurt."
So far the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Washington State, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Boise State, BYU, Utah and Wyoming to name some of them.
Other schools that have showed interest by correspondence are Colorado, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Stanford, and UCLA.
Mangum also gets it done in the classroom who carries a 3.7 GPA. McBurney knows the reason why.
"Kurt has a great work ethic," McBurney said. "He's out early, leaves late and has the stuff that makes great leaders. So far I like what I see.
"Kurt is very quick and strong," McBurney said. "He's the third strongest kid on our team behind two offensive tackles."
Mangum's current bench is 265, squats 385 and cleans 225. He has also recorded a 33-inch vertical jump.
The scouting report on Mangum is he has a great motor and plays sideline to sideline. He is an excellent hitter with good compression and is really explosive.