By Brian Murphy
Eagle High junior quarterback Tanner Mangum said Boise State and BYU are his top two college choices.
Mangum, who has missed much of the season with a broken right (throwing arm) collarbone, has an offer from the Broncos.
“BYU is showing some major interest,” he said. “I’m very confident they’ll offer me soon.”
Mangum said his shoulder injury may have pushed away some potential suitors. Boise State is the only offer Mangum has in hand, he said. In five quarters this season, Mangum completed 23-of-29 passes for 417 yards and five touchdowns.
“It didn’t scare Boise State away and I’m grateful for that,” Mangum said. “The process is still open. I have a lot of time to worry about that.”
Mangum is expected to play a limited role in Friday’s divisional playoff game against Vallivue, his first action since injuring the shoulder in September. Here is the column I wrote about Mangum for Sunday’s paper.
Oregon, Stanford and Washington have also shown some interest in the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder. Mangum plans to commit before his senior season, perhaps as early as the summer. He will take a two-year LDS mission before enrolling in the school of his choice.
“I made that decision at an early age. I’m sticking to my faith and I know it’s the right thing for me to do. Maybe it’s tempting to stay there right away. But I’ll be blessed to stick to my faith and in doing what I know is right even if there is a two-year interruption,” Mangum said.
Mangum will be on his mission during the 2012 and 2013 football season.
Mangum said Boise State offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Bryan Harsin has played a major role in his commitment.
“I couldn’t say enough about those guys. The program they have is top-notch. I’d be lucky to be a part of that,” Mangum said.
He said the Broncos “haven’t been pressuring me at all. They’ve been really good about the whole process.”
“It’d be awesome (to play at home),” Mangum said. “It’s every kid’s dream to play in front of their hometown, play in front of their family. It’ll play into the decision.”
Boise State's success in recent years has helped influence high school programs across the Valley, Eagle coach Paul Peterson said.
"Living in a town that has the Boise State influence in it, not only him, but everyone has learned by (the Broncos) model. Because Kellen Moore is such a gym rat, if you will, I think Tanner realized that he wants to be that and in order to succeed at that level, you bring a notebook to all the meetings, you watch film over and over and over again," Peterson said. "That's what Tanner wants to be. He wants to be the next Kellen Moore."
But BYU also has deep ties for Mangum. His parents attended the Provo, Utah school. His oldest brother Parker graduated from BYU and played on the football team after walking on. His brother Madison attends the school and is a walk-on on the football team, but is currently serving his mission.
“We’ve grown up BYU fans,” said Mangum, who has visited the coaches in Provo.
Mangum said the Cougars’ recent move to football independence was a positive in his eyes.
“It’s a definite plus. It allows for some scheduling with big-name opponents. They should be able to turn it around. They’ll get on the map with some tough opponents in the future. It’s a definitive positive for anyone that wants to go there and play against good quality programs,” he said.
But Mangum said the “glamour side” of programs will not have that big of an impact on his final decision.
“It’s about finding the best fit for you as a person,” he said. “They’re all good programs, good universities, good schools. It’s about the best fit for me, not just football, but the school and campus, the overall feel of it. … It’s definitely going to be a tough decision to make.”
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