Jersey four-star anticipating Junior Day

The four-star player from New Jersey already holds and offer from Rutgers, as well as Ohio State, several ACC schools and several others in the Big East. He talks about his recruitment, what attracts him to Rutgers and why he wants to attend Junior Day. He also discusses whether an offer from Penn State is ont he horizon.

Four-star class of 2011 offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro wants to attend Rutgers' junior day on Jan. 16, and is hoping a scheduling conflict does not keep him from doing so.

It could come down to whether the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder from Roxbury High (Succasunna, N.J.) has basketball practice, or whether he can get out of it if there is one.

"I don't have a game that day, so I'm hoping my coach allows me to go,'' Mangiro said. "I really like the coaching staff (at Rutgers), it's the state school. One of the things I like about it is the coaching, and its 45 minutes from my house.''

Mangiro will be one of New Jersey's top offensive line recruits next year.

He already holds offers from Rutgers, Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Temple, Connecticut, South Florida and Ohio State, and plenty more are sure to come.

Already, schools are clamoring to get him on campus for their junior day, but his active schedule could preclude that from happening.

"Every coach I talk to, I tell them I will give them a ring two days before the event,'' Mangiro said. "It's hard telling them two weeks in advance.''

Mangiro may attend Maryland's junior day on Feb. 13, and he is also getting heavy interest from Penn State and Pittsburgh.

"Penn State told me to be patient,'' Mangiro said. "They want to offer me, but they don't offer juniors until the spring time, until they finish the 2010 class. Pittsburgh said they were going to offer soon.''

While Mangiro said he is having fun with the recruiting process, he understands the pressure involved in the high stakes game of recruiting.

"I enjoy it, going out and playing and talking to the coaches and the travel, it's flattering,'' he said." At the same time, it's a little stressful trying to keep in touch with everybody and making sure there isn't a coach I don't talk to for too long and give them the feeling I don't care about the school any more. It has its ups and downs.''

Because of the scrutiny involved with his actions and words in the recruiting game, Mangiro is holding off on naming favorites.

"That's part of the reason I haven't made a list yet,'' Mangiro said. "I'm not 100 percent sure on my top schools, so I don't want to give a top five I'm not sure about yet, and then have other schools get upset.''

One of the intriguing things to Mangiro is where he will play in college.

Most of the schools are recruiting him as an offensive lineman, with his projected position to be guard, but there is part of him that wonders what life would be like as a defensive tackle.

"I think I'd be suited better for offensive line,'' Mangiro said. "Once I get into a program, I'm going to help the program as much as possible and listen to the coaches since they've been there longer than I have.''

Colleges are visiting Roxbury to get a look at his film and to speak with his coaches. Mangiro is passing the time as a big man on the basketball team, where he is averaging 15 points a game.

"I like basketball because you get to compete three days a week, so you get a chance to play,'' he said. "I think the thing that separates me from being a true center is I step out and shoot a little bit.''


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