Unlike many kids who visit Nebraska from outside the state, Nick Mangieri didn't really need the tour. Having an older brother, P.J., who is going into his junior year at long snapper for the Huskers, works in knowing a lot of stuff most kids in the same position don't know. "Yeah, I didn't really need to see much. This was more about talking to the coaches," Mangieri said.
Nick is sitting on a pretty unique spot as the 6-5, 220 lbs. athlete is being recruited as one, Northwestern telling him they want him as a linebacker or weak side defensive end and Illinois said close to the same. But Mangieri said that Nebraska said they want him for one position. "They told me I'm at the top of their list for tight ends. They are the one school that is recruiting me specifically for a position. Everyone else is telling me that they will fit me wherever," he said.
"As far as an offer, they told me they want to see me in one of their camps or during the season, because they want to see how I block."
Right now Mangieri said the recruiting process has been a bit hectic, especially with the trips - Nick saying that him and his family will be heading to Boston College for a visit/vacation trip. He said that he also plans to get out to Illinois for their second Junior Day of the season with tentative plans to unofficially visit Wisconsin, Purdue and perhaps Indiana.
Nick said that it's way too early to talk favorites, as he thinks there will be more schools coming down the pipe with offers. But he obviously knows a lot about Nebraska, what they do and what the campus is like. "P.J. has always said that it's just fun out there, and I got a chance to hang out with him and his buddies the night before," he said. "I know a lot about the program, obviously. But I'm looking at a lot of places, and I just want to go where I fit in best. I'm not really partial to one position over another. I just want to play and help a team."
Mangieri boasts a 3.7 GPA