Eagle High School (Idaho) quarterback Tanner Mangum has committed to the Brigham Young Cougars, per totalbluesports.com. Mangum has nice measurables (6’3”, 195 lbs.) and is rated the #19 quarterback overall in the 2012 class by Scout.com. A bevy of Pac-12 schools (Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Utah, and Washington State) are reported to have shown interest in Mangum as well as Arkansas and Boise State.
Mangum has been impressive going all the way back to his freshman year. He passed for 2,900 yards and had a 29:8 TD to interception ratio in that 2008 season. That was good enough to get him voted first-team All 5-A Southern Idaho Conference (SIC).
This past season, Mangum was injured early in the second game. His passing stats to that point were very impressive (23 of 29 for 417 yards and 5 touchdowns). The collarbone injury kept him out until the playoffs. Upon his return, the injury did not appear to have any lingering effects. Mangum completed 23 of 36 passes for 438 yards and five touchdowns in a loss.
While Mangum can be counted as a good catch for BYU, he has some work to do if he is going to become a great BYU quarterback.
I watched his highlight video on YouTube and several of his throws were behind his receivers. That leads me to believe he needs to work on his accuracy. Arm strength may be another issue contributing to those passes being behind his receivers.
I am also taking the big numbers in the playoff game with a grain of salt. Eagle High lost that game 70-42, and it wasn’t even that close. Stats can often be padded at the end of blowouts. The IdahoStatesman.com State Football Game Blog for November 5, 2010, gives a detailed account of this game.
Mangum got off to a great start. He threw for 230 yards on 13 of 17 and two TDs in the first half, but his team trailed 28-21. In the decisive third quarter Mangum did not play well. He threw an interception deep in his own territory, which contributed to Rocky Mountain High School building an insurmountable 49-21 lead. Mangum only had 74 yards passing in the third quarter, and 47 of those came on one play with 43 seconds left in the quarter. Mangum and Eagle High were unable to capitalize on the momentum of that 47-yard touchdown going into the fourth quarter. Rocky Mountain scored 21 more points to lead 70-28 before Mangum threw two more touchdown passes with less than six minutes to play in the game.
What’s the bottom line? Cougar fans should be excited with the latest class of 2012 commit. Notwithstanding the weaknesses pointed out earlier, Mangum can throw the ball. He also has good scrambling ability. He still has one more year in high school to work on his accuracy, arm strength, and leadership. Under the tutelage of Brandon Doman, Mangum can be molded into a great quarterback who gives fans plenty of reasons to cheer.
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