Three-star recruit Charlie Mangieri has a better feel for the IU program than most recruits do. The standout from Dunlap (IL) Dunlap H.S. is the younger brother of former Indiana defensive lineman Nick Mangieri, who played for the Hoosiers from 2012-15. The younger Mangieri spoke to Peegs.com about his visit to Bloomington today.
Mangieri made numerous visits to IU when his older brother was a member of the program, and he said the area is one thing that stands out for him about the Hoosiers.
“I definitely like the whole Bloomington area,” he said. “It is a cool area to be around. The facilities are great. The weight room is awesome.”
The talented prospect is being recruited to Indiana by linebackers coach William Inge, who is the recruiter for his area,
“Coach Inge is the coach that recruits my area,” Mangieri said. “He has been talking to me the most. He was pretty close with (older brother) Nick.”
On his visit to day for the Indiana Junior Day the Illinois native was able to spend time with new IU assistant coach Mike DeBord.
“The meeting with Coach DeBord was very good,” Mangieri said. “I liked hearing about his past history, and it was cool to learn what he stands for.”
The Indiana staff expressed to Mangieri that they like his versatility as a player as he has the ability to play on either side of the ball in college.
“They like that I can play multiple positions,” he said. “I played middle linebacker and tight end, but in college I will most likely be either a D-end or tight end. I probably want to be a tight end, but wherever they need me I guess I’ll go.”
Mangieri currently has offers from Indiana, Northwestern and Northern Illinois. The Hoosiers ere his first offer, which is something that made a great impression on him.
“It was awesome, especially since it came after my sophomore season,” he said about IU offering first. “It doesn’t happen a lot that people get offered that early. It was a humbling experience to say the least.”
This past fall on offense Mangieri had 39 receptions for 437 yards and three touchdowns, and on defense he recorded 78 tackles and four tackles for loss.
“As a team we were a little down this year,” he said about his junior year. “We went 5-5 and lost in the first round of the playoffs. We are really looking forward to next year. I played tight end on offense, and I played middle linebacker on defense. I got better at blocking on offense, and at reading my keys on defense. I thought I played okay, but I definitely could have played better.”
When it comes to his decision Mangieri said academics and a strong bond with the coaching staff will be big for him.
“I definitely want a good education,” he said. “I want to major in business. That is going to be pretty important for me. I want to have a good relationship with the coaches. I also want to have a good relationship with the players and the other commits in the class I would be going in with.”
Mangieri said he is not sure when he will make a decision, but he is leaning towards getting it over with sooner rather than later.
“I am just kind of playing it by ear right now,” he said. “I have talked to my parents about that a little bit, but we haven’t gotten into that much. I am hoping to go to a couple camps this summer, and I got invited to The Opening this spring so we’ll see how those goes. I will probably be close to a decision after that.”
When he does decide the Hoosiers will have a great shot to land him because of the familiarity he has with the school and the program.
“Yeah, it actually is an advantage because I know about them and have an insight into them,” Mangieri said about his connection to IU. “I have been around them a lot and know about them, and I have kept in touch with them.”