Huskers targeting another Mangieri

Nebraska was able to take advantage last year with some brotherly ties between Aaron and Andrew Green. Now, the Huskers set their sites on Nick Mangieri. Mangieri, the younger brother of current Husker P.J., isn't holding a Nebraska offer yet but one could come any day. Does Nebraska hold an advantage with having his older brother already in Lincoln?

Nick Mangieri's last name should be recognizable for Nebraska fans. The three-star junior linebacker's brother P.J. is a long snapper for the Cornhuskers, meaning the Dunlap HS (IL) product is hearing plenty from Nebraska when it comes to his recruitment.

"I have been getting a lot of emails from them. We have been going back and fourth, so I would say they are pretty interested and recruiting me pretty hard at this point," said Mangieri. "I have been to their campus a few times obviously with my brother there, usually about three games a year. I'm going to try to go down there at the start of the summer and hang out with him for a couple days and enjoy the campus."

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound linebacker currently holds an offer from Northwestern, a school he is also very familiar with. Both his uncles started for the Wildcats in the 90s, making it look like it's a shoe in for him to go to Nebraska or Northwestern.

"I would say it's somewhat hurt my recruitment, because people just assume. It's been somewhat disappointing, but at the same time, if a school really wants me they will recruit me regardless," said Mangieri. "I just want to feel comfortable and place I could see myself having fun for four to five years. Plus, getting on the field the fastest will factor into my decision."

Also playing tight end in 2010, Mangieri is bright in the classroom. He currently holds a 3.7 GPA average, meaning he should qualify quite easily.

Often little brothers don't follow in the footsteps of their older role model, choosing to make a name for themselves elsewhere, for Mangieri the thought of going to Nebraska doesn't faze him one bit.

"I think if anything, my brother being there would help me consider going to Nebraska even more," said the three-star linebacker. "We have a really good relationship, but at the same time it wouldn't be a deciding factor or anything. He would only be there for a year. It's not like we are playing the same position or anything, so we wouldn't be compared or anything."

The 2012 prospect also has plans to make it to Nebraska's spring game.

***Parts of this report came from's Josh Harvey

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