Mauti Ready to Go

Recently, Penn State has had an impressive track record of turning early enrollees into impact players, like Calvin Lowry, Dan Connor, Justin King and Derrick Williams. This January Army Bowl standout Michael Mauti will be kicking off his PSU career. See what he had to say about it.

With classes at University Park starting this coming Monday, Penn State football will once again have some early enrollees in their incoming recruiting class. Over the past several seasons the Nittany Lions have had a variety of early enrollees get a jump on their collegiate careers and go on to make a major impact on PSU; players like Calvin Lowry, Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor, Justin King and Derrick Williams all enrolled early and went on to land starting positions.

Last year, with the Class of 2007 Jon Ditto and Nick Sukay both enrolled early. This time, with the Class of 2008, Michael Mauti and Brandon Beachum will both be enrolling early this semester.

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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