The Roxbury, N.J., product has become one of the top recruits in the Northeast as evidenced by the fact that he has been offered a roster spot in both the Under Armour All America Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. This summer, Mangiro plans to visit several schools with the hope that he will make his college commitment before the season starts. He is not ready to announce a top five list yet, although he says that is coming shortly.
Mangiro said that he will visit or will have already visited all the programs that make his final five. He considers himself "open minded" at this stage and has only whittled out a handful of programs among the 14 that have offered him so far. Things have already begun to pick up for Mangiro over the past few weeks, as he hauled in a Michigan State offer three days ago.
"Michigan State has been in here twice over the past couple weeks," Mangiro told FightOnState.com about coaches visiting his school. "So has Ohio State, Rutgers, Penn State, and Pitt. USC was here once, too."
At this stage, Mangiro said he is weighing the pros and cons of each program. His recent visit to Ohio State went very well as the player almost gushed about the trip. He said that the eight-hour drive is a bit of a negative because his parents want to see him play every game but he notes that a flight to Columbus from New Jersey is about an hour.
"I did really enjoy myself, I'm not going to lie," Mangiro said about the trip to see the Buckeyes. "Coach Tressel was very impressive."
Mangiro later added about the Buckeyes, "I guess you can say I'm high on them."
Another Big Ten school clearly in the mix is Penn State.
"I grew up a Penn State fan," Mangiro said. "I like that it is close – not too close – but a good distance."
One enticing part about the program is the chance to play for Joe Paterno.
"It'd be awesome to play for a legend," Mangiro said. "But I'm not sure how long he will be there."
The lineman did note that even if Paterno were to leave, he is sure that Penn State would "make the right choice" when hiring a possible replacement.
Also, the New Jersey native isn't ruling out the state school, Rutgers. He said he has developed a close relationship with head coach Greg Schiano and that the weight room and facilities are the best he has ever seen. The academics at the school, he said, are "perfect." The chance to play early is a plus for Rutgers and the possibility that the school moves to the Big Ten would enhance the program in his eyes.
Wherever he goes, Mangiro said that he has two goals: to win a national championship and then play on Sundays.
"I have a dream of being in the NFL," Mangiro said. "Wherever I go, I want to make it there."
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