Those are a few of the interesting tidbits the 2011 offensive lineman from Roxbury High of Succasunna divulged as he discussed his early recruitment.
"Mostly they say that they want me to play interior line, guard or center,'' the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Mangiro said. "I'm perfectly fine with that. Some schools flirt with the idea of putting me on defense.
"I will play wherever, but I feel like I will play offensive line in college.''
Mangiro's obvious early connection is to Rutgers, partly because of the proximity, and also because of familiar feeling. He was last in Piscataway for the season-opener against Cincinnati.
"I spoke to (Rutgers) coach (Greg) Schiano before and my father, my mother and him grew up in the same part of Jersey,'' Mangiro said. "His family background is pretty much the same as my family background.''
Schiano grew up in Wyckoff. Mangiro said his father is from Jersey City, and his mother is from the Patterson area.
"We're both Italian families,'' Mangiro said. "But it's not just coach Schiano I like. It's also (assistant) coach (Kyle) Flood, (assistant) coach (Joe) Susan. The players I talked to are really cool, too.''
Rutgers was his first scholarship offer, which is something he will remember, but it doesn't appear to be a factor in his decision.
Mangiro has a plan in place for how he will handle his recruitment, and it includes seeing a lot of campuses.
"I'm going to wait for the end of my season and send out all my tapes to schools and see how many scholarships I have,'' Mangiro said. "During spring break I'm going to start heading out to places, and do the same thing in the summer. By the start of my senior year (he will) try to get it down to the final five.''
Roxbury is 8-0 heading into its matchup with Sparta (N.J.) today.