Mangiro Ready For Busy Summer

Ohio State has already landed verbal commitments from four offensive linemen this year and could be looking for more. One player under consideration who holds an offer is Angelo Mangiro, a four-star offensive guard from New Jersey who visited the Buckeyes during spring practice.

Ohio State has made its offensive line a priority for its 2011 recruiting class, and that attitude has paid off in the form of four commitments for the trenches.

Angelo Mangiro said the Buckeyes have a spot for him should he opt to be commitment No. 5.

"I'm the only kid from Jersey that they offered," Mangiro told "They want to bring in five. They told me not to rush on my decision and they'll let me know when the time is coming close. They've only got one or two spots left."

A four-star prospect from Succasunna (N.J.) Roxbury, Mangiro is rated the nation's No. 4 offensive guard prospect by Scout. He currently lines up at tackle but projects as an interior lineman in college.

"I guess what separates me a little bit from the kids my size is I'm able to move," he said. "I'm quick and athletic. That's a reason why they said interior line. Growing up I always played at guard because I was one of the better linemen on the team and they had me pulling."

The Buckeyes are one of a number of schools to have visited Mangiro during the month, with offensive line coach Jim Bollman and wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell having stopped in. During his spring break, Mangiro said he checked out a number of schools that have already offered him.

"I went to Pittsburgh, Boston College, Rutgers, Maryland and Penn State," he said.

He also checked out OSU.

"I saw the kicking scrimmage," he said. "I saw practice before that day and they took me around a little bit and then I saw the kicking scrimmage and then they took me around a little bit more.

"It was awesome, but I like the fact that it was a big campus. It had that campus feeling with all the grass and all that but the city was built around it. I thought that was pretty neat."

However, the 6-4, 295-pound lineman said he is not ready to name any leaders for his services just yet.

"I'm looking at more schools on the east coast and then Ohio (State) and a couple of those California schools that I'm looking at," he said. "I've picked out the far schools off of campus and programs that are stable, I feel like, and have had more success in the past. Then I try to get to know them."

Included on the list of California schools Mangiro mentioned are USC, Stanford and UCLA. Each has offered.

The plan is to check out a few more schools and hopefully make a decision before his senior season gets underway.

Growing up in New Jersey, Mangiro said he did not have one primary team he followed while growing up.

"Rutgers got really popular when I was in middle school and they started making that run of theirs," he said. "Jersey, we've never had a dominant team until Rutgers had some success. I always used to watch Ohio State and Penn State play. I never really had a favorite team. I just used to watch the big rivalry games. I just love the atmosphere and game day."

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