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July 23, 2010

Decision time for Mangiro

Succasunna (N.J.) Roxbury offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro will take the stage on Sunday to announce his college choice, and nobody is more eager for his recruitment to come to a close than the rising senior himself.

"I've been ready for a while now. It's been fun, but now it's starting to get a little frustrating so it's losing it's appeal a little bit," he said of the recruiting process. "I'm still between two schools, I think. I want to keep it exciting for everyone."

Mangiro picked up scholarship offers from all over the country, including huge ones from Florida and USC, but the hats of four schools - Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh and Rutgers - decorate the table on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 when he makes his choice.

He talked about the finalists on Wednesday night.

"Penn State, they were the last one of the four schools to offer me," he said. "I guess it really didn't affect me that much, because they're in my last four. I love that it's three hours away - it's far but it's still close. I love the campus, and I love the coaching staff. There's a question about Coach Paterno, I feel like he's going to be there when I would get there, but the question is if he'll be there when I would be there. That's a question that everyone has been asking me, how much I care about that.

"Rutgers, with Coach Schiano, they've really turned that program around. They're right there, they may be a little stalemated right now, but they're right there on the edge trying to get into that consistent top 25. Again, it's 45 minutes from my house, I could be a hometown guy and everything down there.

"Ohio State, top to bottom, everything is top of the line - the coaches, players, facilities and the University in general. I love the campus and everything, and I felt that the campus was in the center of the city, I liked that the campus is built inside the city if you know what I mean. Coach Tressel is awesome. I spoke with him and he's a great coach.

"Pittsburgh, I feel they're going to be a very good team. They've got a lot of guys there, and Coach Wise said that he's going to be there until the end of his career, which my career will be done if I choose to go there. I got real close with Jeff Hafley, my recruiter. He's a great guy and the whole staff there are calm guys, down to Earth, who love football much like myself."

The three-star prospect is rated the No. 13 guard nationally, and is the No. 8 player in New Jersey's Class of 2011. He played both ways this season and helped lead Roxbury to a North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship after an 11-1 season.

Mangiro was the only junior to make the Star-Ledger's all-state first team.

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