November 29, 2009

Eagles still tracking Mangiro

Succasunna (N.J.) Roxbury offensive guard Angelo Mangiro is one of Boston College's top line prospects in the Class of 2011, as evidenced by his early offer from the Eagles and all the attention they have given him over the course of the season. Is the interest still mutual? caught up with Mangiro over the weekend to find out.

The 6-foot-3, 290-pound guard from New Jersey is preparing for the state sectional championship game against East Orange on December 5.

"I feel like it's gonna be a very tough game," Mangiro said. "It's a very winnable game, though. I think we're in for a dogfight but we can definitely win.

"I feel like I've played at the best level of my high school career so far (this year). We got up on some teams early in the beginning of the season, so they were a little easier. Now the games at the end have been a little tougher, so it's been more of a challenge. That's when I feel I play my best."

Though he is listed as an offensive guard, Mangiro has lined up at offensive tackle and defensive end for Roxbury. He plans on staying on the offensive line and moving to the inside in the college ranks. Defensively he has recorded more than 60 tackles on the year.

Boston College offered Mangiro on September 1, so they have had him on their mind for a while. Maryland, North Carolina, NC State and Rutgers have also extended offers.

"I haven't talked to (BC) too much lately, but I have talked to coach McGovern," he said. "I've been getting a lot of mail from them. That's probably going to be the next school I go visit, but I'm not sure yet when that's going to be.

"I'm definitely interested in Boston College. My aunt went there. I've heard it's a nice area."

So far Mangiro has visited Penn State, Notre Dame and Rutgers. How did those trips go?

"I really enjoyed the Penn State trip," he said. "I got to talk to Joe Paterno and that was totally awesome. Then I watched the Indiana game. It was cool and everything, but everybody was telling me the Ohio State game was ten times louder than that."

Mangiro said he does not have any favorites because he has only visited those three schools. He wants to visit at least a couple more before he starts to put together a list of leaders.

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