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#PortalWatch: Former Colorado RB Jaren Mangham Announces Transfer to USF Football

A bruising back makes his way from Boulder to Tampa.

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USF Football continues to snag talent from the transfer portal with the addition of former Colorado running back Jaren Mangham. The former four-star standout from the 2019 class saw significant playing time last season for Colorado.

Newly hired running backs coach Cam Aiken will have no shortage of talent available to him in the running game, but Jaren brings a bruising style of football in the backfield.

Standing at 6’2”, 220, Mangham is easily the thiccest running back in USF’s backfield. With Kelley Joiner, Darrian Felix, Brian Battie and current class of 2021 commit K’Wan Powell being speedy, smaller backs, Jaren will fill a frame that the bulls desperately need.

Coming out of high school, Jaren was recognized as a four-star by both Rivals and 247, the latter had him as the number 26 ranked athlete out of Cass Technical in Detroit.

He rushed for 1,098 yards and 26 touchdowns his senior year, while also competing in track and playing baseball. At Colorado, he saw significant playing time his freshman year in 2019, playing in 11 games and rushing for 441 yards on 107 carries and three touchdowns. He also added 10 catches for 41 yards out of the backfield and in the slot.

His sophomore season saw his playing time reduced as Alex Fontenot got a majority of the snaps for the Buffs. Mangham had 23 carries for only 35 yards and two touchdowns in a limited 2020 season before entering the transfer portal in mid January.