VBR’s preseason player previews continue with versatile offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro. The rising redshirt junior figures to play a key role on this 2014 team’s offensive line as he’s one of the most experienced returning members of the unit.
Mangiro hails from Roxbury, NJ (not far from fellow offensive lineman Brendan Mahon) and came to Penn State as a 3-star recruit, according to Rivals. He was ranked as the No. 10 overall recruit in the state and the No. 18 guard in the 2011 class. Considering he was a 3-star recruit, Mangiro’s offer list was quite impressive. Other than Penn State, he had offers from Florida, Ohio State, South Carolina, USC and more.
Similar to Mahon, Mangiro can play multiple positions along the offensive line. His natural position and the position that he has played the majority of his time at Penn State is guard. However, Mangiro was one of the reserve centers the last two years and he could even end up starting at center to begin the season.
Mangiro and Wendy Laurent will be battling for that starting center job throughout the summer. Mangiro’s extra year of experience figures to give him the edge in that battle.
Mangiro should remind people of an old school, gritty player who gets nasty in the trenches- a player that Herb Hand will love to coach. And whether Mangiro plays guard or center this upcoming season, he will definitely be looked at as one of the leaders of this offensive line unit.