Mandrola checks out East Lansing

Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle linebacker camps with Michigan State among others this summer. He talks coming up with Spartans quarterback commit Brian Lewerke and looking forward to next season.

Phoenix (Ariz.) Pinnacle is the home of Michigan State's quarterback commitment in 2015, Brian Lewerke, but this June, another Pinnacle product came to East Lansing to check out the Spartans.

Pinnacle junior linebacker Justin Mandrola made the trip up from Phoenix to camp with Michigan State and said it was a good experience.

"I loved it and the coaching staff was great," he said. "The drills they had were good and it was a lot of work, which is good. It was fun working with everyone an the one on ones were fun."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker had a little bit of an inside look, too, with Lewerke on campus at the same time.

"Brian really got me introduced to the coaches because they came down to see him and they saw me and we talked, which is when they told me to come up to the camp," he said. "It was fun coming up with Brian."

Apart from camping at Michigan State, Mandrola also stopped by in-state schools Arizona, Arizona State and Northern Arizona, while also hitting up UCLA.

"They just came to school and talk to me," he said. "They all like me and want me to email them, which I have. I just plan on keeping them posted throughout this next season and keeping them updated."

Mandrola sees the potential that next season could be a good one for Pinnacle, and hopes the defense is a big reason why.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we won the championship," he said. "I am really confident with our team. We are explosive and we aren't afraid to make contact."

As for what he can do to contribute to the effort, Mandrola said he sees himself as a leader on the team, particularly on the defensive side of the ball.

"I lead the defense and I think I can bring aggressiveness to both sides of the ball because I want to play offense at running back," he said. "I feel like I can be a leader and make a lot of plays and help my teammates make plays as well."

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