Tanner Mangum played a total of nine quarters in his junior season and then was sidelined with a broken collarbone but the Eagle, Idaho, pro-style quarterback still threw for 876 yards with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions in that limited action.
Mangum and others thought missing almost all of last season would have hurt his recruitment in a big way but Arkansas, Boise State, BYU, Oregon State and Utah have already offered so things are going quite well.
"It was definitely a setback but it taught me a lot and it helped me master the mental side more," Mangum said.
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"A lot of people, including myself, thought it would affect my recruiting situation but luckily it didn't scare many coaches away. I thought it was going to be a hindrance but maybe it was a blessing in disguise."
There are no leaders yet for Mangum, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect who said Oregon, Washington State and Washington are also showing interest.
No rush, either, since Mangum hopes to have a decision made by the start of his senior season, not over the next few months.
"I think all the offers are pretty exciting," Mangum said. "For now, I'm just going to keep my options open and enjoy the process. They're all great programs anyone would love to play at. I'm grateful for all the work those schools are doing but I don't think there is one that really stands out.
"It would definitely be nice to have it out of the way by my senior year but right now I'm not trying to force it too much. It would nice to have it done by this fall."
Next up for Mangum is a hectic camp schedule.
He doesn't have any unofficial visits planned yet but he will be working out at the Cal Elite 11, the Palo Alto NIKE Camp and maybe one-day stops at Boise State and BYU. His team will attend camps at Utah and Nevada and there's no telling where else Mangum could end up over the next few months.
It's going to be a busy period and it could garner the Idaho standout more offers.
"I'll definitely be busy with camps," Mangum said. "It will be a fun summer for sure."