"Right now, I think it's down to three," Mangiro told FightOnState.com.
The plan, according to Mangiro, is to call the three programs he will not attend the day before his announcement and then call the program he plans to verbal to on the day of his announcement, July 25. Mangiro said that it is a courteousy he wants to extend to each program and in particular, their coaching staffs. He said that he wants to be "respectful back as they've been respectful to me."
Mangiro said that while he has somewhat of an idea of who that program might be that gets the final call with the good news, he is taking the next few days to solidify the decision.
"It's not definite yet, I'm still running it through my head," Mangiro said. "It may sound corny, but I pray about this to God for guidance. I never used to pray much about anything, but now I am asking God to help me."
One of the programs often linked with Mangiro is Penn State. He said that the Nittany Lions were different than any other program that recruited him in their pursuit and style of their interest in him. He cites how he got his offer from the program as the prime example of their style.
"Penn State was different than any other program. They didn't offer me, they didn't offer, they didn't offer. They've been recruiting me since my freshman year – I couldn't figure it out," Mangiro said. "I don't know why they didn't offer me."
Penn State coach Dick Anderson met with Mangiro in Happy Valley in the spring of the player's junior year. During the visit, Anderson said that Mangiro should come to the football office before lunch to talk. Dutifully, the player did as he was told.
"They had the scholarship for me — they said they don't offer players unless they've seen them, in person," Mangiro said. "They said that Coach (Joe) Paterno has the final say on all players who offered scholarships, and he had a say on me."
And now, Mangiro is ready to make his choice on July 25. He will have his say now.
"I've seen what I've had to see," Mangiro said. "I'm close to being ready."
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