We caught up with Mauti, fresh off his impressive Army All-American Bowl performance last Saturday in San Antonio. Mauti says he is flying up to campus this Thursday to get moved in and acclimated.
As Mauti said, "I am incredibly excited about getting to Penn State. I'm flying up [to State College] on Thursday for school and class starts on Monday, so I'm pretty excited about that."
Mauti said he really enjoyed his Army Bowl experience last weekend, saying "I had a ton of fun last week in San Antonio." Mauti received rave reviews from the Scout team who named him their West Squad MVP during the week of practice. As Alan Zepeda, Scout's Southwestern Region Analyst said, "Wow, what a day [Mauti] had, he tore up the field and kept getting Sam McGuffie for losses. He terrorized others on the offense also but his play was very impressive on the day."
Mauti told us the Army Bowl was something that was great for his development, saying, "It was a great experience to play against that level of competition."
One area of confusion though was the pronunciation of his sir-name. As he explained, "[Laughing] No, those [Army Bowl] announcers slaughtered [the pronunciation of my name]. I got like 100 text messages from people making fun of it. It's pronounced MAW-tee."
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