|Bench Press:||350 pounds||40-yard dash:||5.10|
|School:||Brookwood HS, Snellville, Ga.|
In the near future, Penn State's defensive line on paper will rival anyone's in the country. With the three previous recruiting classes, JoePa and co. have signed some very good ballplayers, all of whom possess size and speed.
When it comes to gauging defensive line talent, I'll take the Penn State coaching staffs opinion on any prospect as being dead on. So when a new defensive tackle's name popped up in recent days, the first question was who is this kid. Well meet Mansfield Wrotto (pronounced Row-toe), a 6'4'', 305 lber from Snellville, Ga. In years past, the second question would have been "can he play?", but with the wide receiver coach, Kenny Carter, recruiting him, you know the answer is--most definitely.
Mansfield sports offers from Penn State, Ole Miss, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and others (he is not seriously considering those he did not name). He has helped Brookwood HS to a 5-1 record, playing both ways at quick tackle (the tackle opposite the tight end) on offense and defensive tackle on defense.
Even though Mansfield is a new name to you or I, Penn State has known about him for a couple of months now. When did the Lions offer? "About a month and a half ago, after they saw my tapes that my coach sent. He sent a couple of my tapes up there. Coach Kenny Carter really liked it."
Does he have an interest in the Lions? " At this moment it [Penn State] is number one, followed by Georgia Tech, and somewhat Ole Miss."
Despite having family (cousins, two uncles, and an aunt) in Pennsylvania, other variables, mainly academics, may lead Mansfield to Happy Valley. "Besides their football team and their coaching staff, their business school. The Smeal College of Business (Administration). I've heard about their business school before. Coach Carter sent me some more information about their business school. It's very nice."
Mansfield has not firmed up a date for an official visit to State College, something he hopes to do within the coming weeks. He has, however, already locked down officials to Maryland (Dec. 13) and Ole Miss (Jan. 10). Penn State is sure to get a visit, probably in late January, while the final school will either be Wake Forest or Kentucky.
Coincidentally, Mansfield has met current Penn State verbal and fellow Georgian Jason Evans. Both Mansfield and Jason were named Players of the Month by the Atlanta Touchdown Club in September. Jason mentioned to Mansfield that he was a Penn State commitment.
(Interview by Steve Curry)