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January 23, 2008 8:24 PM

More on Mangum

Posted by Bob Condotta

Here's an unedited version of a story I filed a little while ago on the Kurt Mangum commitment:

When Kurt Mangum needed some advice during recruiting he had a pretty knowledgeable relative to rely on --- great uncle Gale Sayers.

But unlike Sayers, who made the Hall of Fame as a running back, Mangum, from Chandler (Ariz.) High plans to be a linebacker at the college level. And Wednesday he made his choice of college official, giving a commitment to the University of Washington.

Mangum, whose father, Kurt, played at the University of Minnesota in the early ‘70s, said he made the decision a minute after the offer came from UW coach Tyrone Willingham.

''I’ve always wanted to play for coach Willingham,'' said Mangum, who said a couple close friends of the family played for Willingham previously, including David Garnett, a linebacker at Stanford.

Mangum, who said he is 6-foot-and-a-half, 220 pounds, is being recruited to play middle linebacker and weakside linebacker at UW. He also had taken a visit to Colorado State but said he fell in love with Seattle and UW during a visit two weekends ago and spent the remaining time waiting for an offer from the Huskies.

Mangum, rated as the No. 49 MLB in the country by Scout.com, plans to graduate next month so he can enroll at UW in time for spring practice.

Mangum said he had 140 tackles last fall along with two interceptions and four sacks.

He is the 27th commit for the Class of 2008, and could be the last as the Huskies appear to now be full. Letters-of-intent day is Feb. 6.

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