Finally Penn State has landed their first big catch of the recruiting season. Heading into this weekend, Penn State only had three verbal commitments for the Class of 2011 (Penn State has 15 scholarships), and many have been down on this class.
But that has all changed with Angelo Mangiro’s pledge on Sunday to play for the Nittany Lions. Mangiro (6-foot-3, 295 pounds) is rated as a four-star prospect (out of five) and is considered one of the top offensive linemen in the nation. He is the No. 5 guard in the country by Scout.com.
“Getting him is a very big boost, their first big-name guy,” said Tom Lemming, a recruiting expert with CBS College Sports told the York Daily Record. “This can help them in New Jersey and in the East and have a snowball effect.”
Before announcing his decision, Mangiro told FightOnState.com, that Penn State’s “prestige and the tradition is like nothing I’ve seen. The way the whole town gets geared up for the games is impressive. The atmosphere around the program is impressive too. It’d be a chance to play for a Hall of Fame coach, a legend in Joe Paterno. He’s a great coach and a great man.”
“He’s a really good run blocker … and he plays with a bit of a mean streak on the field and is a good kid off the field,” said Cory James of Scout.com. “And when you’re dealing with high school kids, they want to see other top talent coming to your school. Talent brings in other talent. If Angelo Mangiro talks to you and says you should consider Penn State, that carries more weight.”