2020 MIF Anthony Mangano Commits to Iowa

Congrats on your new commitment! What is it about Iowa that excites you the most?

Iowa has always been an interest of mine. Their facilities, coaching abilities, and the overall reputation of being a Hawkeye has been something I’ve always wanted, on top of a very good education as well.

You worked out all winter last year during the Top Tier Sunday practice season and have now made the jump over full time. Tell us about your experience so far and what it means to wear the TT?

So far, being able to work with the Top Tier coaching staff has been very helpful and important not just for my development, but for the mental game as well. Being in a competitive atmosphere, especially for practices is most important and pushes you to your limits. Being able to wear Top Tier across my chest makes me proud and I want to represent the program in a hard working and successful way.

Talk a little bit about the recruiting process and how everything went down.

The recruiting process was stressful but enjoying at the same time. I enjoyed meeting new coaches and visiting campuses that I really liked. It takes a lot out of you but in the end you have to trust the process and enjoy it as it moves along with a positive attitude.

What were some of the priorities you looked at when deciding where you wanted to commit?

Some priorities I looked for was a coach who knew the game, developed players on and off the field, and was a people person. I believe that the Iowa coaching staff checks all those boxes as well as having great player development and great facilities. I also wanted to be in the BIG 10 and in a bigger campus setting.

What challenges do you see ahead of you before you get to campus?

Possible challenges are that I have 2 and a half more years of high school, making the transition from high school to a college experience, and preparing my body physically to become stronger to compete.

What are some of the goals you have set for yourself as a college baseball player?

Some goals are that I want to improve my strength and conditioning, have a successful and injury free career, and most importantly, become a leader on and off the field.

Is there anybody you would like to give a shout-out or thanks to?

I would like to shout out my dad for always pushing me and preparing me since the age of 3, as well as my Mom, my sister, and my family for the constant support. I would like to thank my individual coaches: Adam Walton, Jeff Baird, and Eddie Holbrook, for everything they have done to help me to get to this point as well as my high school and summer coaches. I would like to give a special thanks to the Top Tier coaches and Prep Baseball Report for all of their positivity! #Rolltier  #Beseen

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