Best choice for Mangieri

If there is one thing about recruiting that can be seen through or felt it's the genuine interest that a team has you in as a future player for their team. You don't get a lot of attention from a team then you know where you rate. P.J. Mangieri said that Nebraska was up-front with him with their thoughts about him on their team. That is one of the biggest reasons he will be a Husker.

P.J. Mangieri signed a gentleman's agreement with Nebraska this past Wednesday to walk-on at Lincoln as a long snapper. The 6-foot-4 and 220-pound Mangieri spoke about his decision.

"The coaching staff really made me feel at home," Mangieri said. "All of the other players were really great that I met. I liked it a lot better in Lincoln than at the other schools I visited."

Above the coaches and the players all being great to him on his visit, this decision really came down to where Mangieri felt wanted. He said that the Nebraska staff's interest really sold him.

"The thing that really made me want to go to Nebraska the most was their want for me. It just seemed like they wanted me there a lot more than the other schools did.

"I just got a lot more attention from the Nebraska staff than the other schools that were contacting me. It was just more genuine from the coaches at Nebraska."

Mangieri is working out, getting ready for the summer, and will get some more time with a kicking coach to help out on his technique before he gets to Lincoln.

"Right now, I am just working out about six days a week and just staying in shape. I will probably go to the kicking coach before I go to Nebraska for summer practices."

When you think about freshman that will play, you have to mention Mangieri. The Nebraska staff has as much as told him to be ready to go this year.

"I will enroll this summer and be there for the summer session in June. Nebraska is losing their snapper this last year in T.J. O'Leary. They are telling me to be ready."

The thought of playing as a true freshman is something that Mangieri is very excited about. He knows the significance of it and is very excited about the opportunity to play early in his career.

"It's pretty cool to think about how many guys get scholarships that don't even get the chance to play their first year or even to their junior year. Me, walking in as a freshman, and getting a chance to play immediately is very sweet."


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