Greenacres Prospect Commits - DE Mike Mangold

Looking for a defensive end that has size, speed and can make plays all over the field? If so, then Greenacres (Fla.) John I Leonard's Mike Mangold is the man for the job. The 6-foot-3, 250 pound man-child with 4.65 40 speed has been attracting interest from all over the country.<br><br> (3/28 6:45PM) See the important <i><b>update</i></b> to this story! He's committed to Pitt.

"I was talking with a coach from Pitt on Monday and he said that they (Pitt) were about ready to pull the trigger by offering Mike," head Coach Terry Gough said.

What does the head coach think of his star defensive end's ability?

"Mike is a relentless pass-rusher," Gough said. "He's got all of the moves, including a swim. He's also got great feet and he's basically a sideline-to-sideline type of player."

Mangold earned several honors as a junior, including all-conference, all area, and third team all-state.

Last year as a junior, he recorded 95 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss, and 9.5 sacks.

This spring Mangold will attend the Miami Nike camp.


Pittsburgh head coach Walt Harris recognized the 6-foot-5, 250 pound standout's talent and offered him a full-ride to play for the Panthers for the next four years.

"Pittsburgh called my coach on Wednesday morning and left a message about me," Mangold said. "My coach called them back and went and got me out of the weight room. I got a chance to talk with Walt Harris. He told me that they really liked the way I played and that they were going to offer me a full-ride."

What did the all-state player from South Florida tell Walt?

"I told him that I was verbally committing to Pittsburgh," he said. "I'm still going to look around though."

Some of the other teams that he has interest in are Virginia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas State, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

What was it about the Panthers that he liked?

"What caught my eye was when Pittsburgh beat Miami a few years ago," Mangold said. "From what I'm told, Pittsburgh is pretty good academic-wise. They also have a new 230 million dollar sports complex."

Dave Peters

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