Family Ties

Three-star linebacker Nick Mangieri (Dunlap, IL) is beginning to set up visits. However, Mangieri has family ties to a couple of interested schools. Find out how that will impact his decision.

Football runs in the family for three-star linebacker Nick Mangieri. His brother, P.J. Mangieri, is the starting long snapper for Nebraska, and his uncles are Dan and Ed Sutter, both standouts for Northwestern in the 90's.

Mangieri (6'5, 220-lb) currently has an offer from Northwestern, and has received interest from Nebraska, Illinois, Iowa, Notre Dame, and many others.

Nick has been to Nebraska numerous times to visit P.J. and check out what the Cornhuskers have to offer, and more recently, Nick has visited Northwestern.

Mangieri was on hand for Northwestern's upset victory over Iowa, and also was in attendance for the Wrigleyville Classic game at Wrigley Field. Mangieri admitted Northwestern's location and coaches is his biggest draw.

"I like it a lot. It's got a great location, the coaches are great there, Coach Fitz is a really nice guy, and it's close to home."

However, the big high school linebacker said he most likely would not play linebacker at Northwestern. Northwestern's coaches have told Nick that they would want him to become a defensive end with the Wildcats.

Mangieri's only planned visit is set for April 16th in Nebraska, when Nick will watch the Husker's spring game, and visit his brother.

However, Mangieri said he plans on visiting other schools in the near future, including Northwestern.

Nick's family ties to Northwestern and Nebraska raises the obvious question, will that be an impact in making a commitment?

"I guess they sort of play a role; it's not a huge factor in my role of picking a college," Mangieri said. "My uncles played there 15 years ago, my brother will be gone when I (go to Nebraska), it does help my decision, but it won't be a deciding factor. I want to go to a place that I like the most."

Mangieri said he does not have a set timetable for making his commitment.

When the time is right, that's when I'll pick.

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