Mangram's Mind Made Up

LOUISBURG, N.C. -- Roy Mangram is still adjusting to life as a freshman at Georgia Military College. As a high school senior, he hoped he would be suiting up for NC State this fall, but he had to put those plans on hold for a couple of years.

After a standout prep career at Brunswick (GA) Glynn Academy, Mangram accepted a scholarship to attend NC State where he would play strong safety. He inked with the Wolfpack in February but after failing to qualify he headed to Georgia Military College.

"Georgia Military is a nice school for me," Roy Mangram told Pack Pride. "It's basically discipline and I needed more discipline in my life so I wanted to come here before I go back to NC State."

The transition from high school standout to junior college freshman hasn't been easy. However, Mangram admits that he is adjusting and looking to make the most of the situation.

"It was tough coming to a junior college because I thought I was going straight to NC [State]," he said. "I'll just do my thing here, and I'll be back at NC State."

At 6-foot-2 and nearly 200 pounds, Mangram is a prospect known as a vicious hitter who has terrific ball skills. Through four games, he has mainly been playing special teams and as a reserve safety. In last weekend's 55-9 victory over Louisburg College, Mangram totaled three tackles and an interception.

He spent much of his career at Glynn Academy as a rover who either played deep as the last line of defense or in the box as an extra defender. Initially he believed NC State wanted him as a safety, and that still could be the case. However, if his body continues to mature he just might impact at another position.

"[The NC State coaches] were talking about [playing] defensive back, but if I put on 15 or 20 more pounds I'll play in the box as an outside or inside linebacker," Mangram stated.

Helping Mangram adjust to his new surroundings has been a player in a position just like him. Tobais Palmer shredded defenses throughout his career as a tailback at Pittsboro (NC) Northwood, but after failing to qualify the NC State signee also headed to Georgia Military College.

"We clicked."

"Tobais is a great player," said Mangram. "Tobais is good on offense [and] special teams.

"When we first met each other, we clicked because we're going to NC State. We have each other's back. We're trying to get back to NC State so we can do our thing and make the team better."

Because NC State placed Mangram and Palmer, the Wolfpack coaching staff can work hand-and-hand with the two players and academic counselors at Georgia Military College to ensure they are taking the courses necessary to matriculate into NC State.

With a courseplan already in place, Mangram hopes to enroll at NC State after his fall semester in 2009. His commitment to NC State remains solid, and he plans on attending a game in the near future.

"[Other colleges] might still try and send some letters every now and then," he said. "Everybody knows I'm pretty solid to NC State. My mind is made up with NC State... regardless.

"Probably by the end of 2009 or the beginning of 2010 I'll be at NC State. I plan on going up there soon to see a game. Maybe I'll go see the spring game [too]."

Just a freshman, Mangram must spend next season at Georgia Military and receive his associate's degree before heading to NC State. Should he do so, he is expected to have three years to play two seasons for the Wolfpack.

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