With high school now in the books, Dunlap’s Charlie Mangieri is ready for the next level. He will play Big Ten football at Northwestern starting in the fall. He’s expecting to play as a freshman and have an instant impact for the Wildcats.

“Getting ready they got me at tight end. Getting bigger, stronger,  faster, anything I can do,” Charlie Mangieri said. “They are not thinking of red-shirting me yet, but I guess we will see how fall camp goes.”  

Earlier this summer Charlie’s brother Luke was drafted in the MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Charlie says having his brother drafted gives him motivation to go and work hard at Northwestern. 

“Gives me a little extra drive. Waking up in the morning, waking up like a lion is chasing you or something,” Charlie said. “There is always something to chase, always somewhere to get better in your game.”

With brother Luke moving towards his goal of making the major leagues, Charlie is one step closer to his pro football dream; thanks to a lifetime friendly competition from the entire Mangieri family.

“As a family we were always kind of competing against each other, just to see who could do better,” Charlie said. “It’s always friendly competition, but you know competition none the less.”