Who are Mansfield's favorites? "At this moment [Penn State] is number one, followed by Georgia Tech, and somewhat Ole Miss."
Despite having family (cousins, two uncles, and an aunt) in Pennsylvania, other variables, mainly academics, may lead Mansfield to Happy Valley. "Besides their football team and their coaching staff, their business school. The Smeal College of Business (Administration). I've heard about their business school before. Coach Carter sent me some more information about their business school. It's very nice."
Mansfield has not firmed up a date for an official visit to State College, something he hopes to do within the coming weeks. He has, however, already locked down officials to Maryland (Dec. 13) and Ole Miss (Jan. 10). Penn State is sure to get a visit, probably in late January, while the final school will either be Wake Forest or Kentucky.
(Interview by Steve Curry)