Penn State Nets Huge Offensive Guard

Angelo Mangiro, a top Class of 2011 offensive lineman recruit, chose Penn State over Pittsburgh, Ohio State, and Rutgers Sunday at Horseshoe Lake Senior Center near his hometown of Roxbury, N.J. Mangiro, an imposing 6-foot-3, 290 pound lineman with good footwork and strength helped key his Roxbury team to over 2,600 rushing yards and over 1,000 passing yards this past season.

Despite offers from twelve programs including Florida and Southern California, this US Army All American Bowl nominee will be headed to State College next fall.

"I thought it was the right fir for me, "said Mangiro. I loved the campus when I went up there three times."

Mangiro narrowed it down to two Rutgers and Penn State before choosing Penn State, in part because he saw similarities in both schools.

"The family value in the universities in their programs. I got the same feeling I got at my high school program. The same feeling I feeling I got in my family. It happens that there were all Italians." said Mangiro.

Mangiro, feels he'll bring a tough hard nosed football player to Penn State

‘I'll be a guy that's gonna work hard. Be a good guy in the locker room. Be a high motor guy. Not gonna give up on anything. Keep going at it until the whistle blows. And I really want to accomplish what they've been doing already, they won two national championships in the 80's, now I want to bring another one back there. Hopefully another one before Joe Pa leaves," said Mangiro.

Mangiro is also stellar in the classroom as he holds a 3.5 GPA and scored 1150 on the SAT, which he plans to retake. Maginro plans to major in criminal justice.

"I'm gonna work hard and try my best in the classroom and on the field," said Mangiro. "I'm gonna get a major in criminal justice. I want to get a bachelors in business. They really [explained] it well to me how I can do that and it's very common for them. They got a lot of guys in criminal justice"

This fall Mangiro will take to the field one last time for Roxbury High School where they look to defend their NJISSA North Jersey, Group 1, Section 4 State Championship. Mangiro is also a nominee to play in the US Army All American Bowl in January.

For Penn State Mangiro becomes their fourth commitment in the class of 2011 with other notables including Shawn Oakman, a 6-8, 240 pound Defensive End and Jordan Kerner, a 6-5, 225 pound Defensive End.

Matt Whitfield is a freelance writer who lives in Northern New Jersey. He also writes regularly for the New Big East Basketball Report. He can be reached at


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