Case Mankins proudly wears jersey no.70.
It’s the same jersey number his father, Logan Mankins, the former New England Patriot and Tampa Bay Buccaneer All-Pro, wore when he raced on the National Football League fields.
Two-way lineman Bishop Feehan High stands out, not only because of his pedigree, but also because he has established himself as one of the best in his trade among the high school football players of the State. Mankinks, a junior, turns heads and raises eyebrows at coaches and opposing enemies alike with his athleticism, technique and dynamism on the pitch.
Coach Bryan Pinabell is already responding to calls and emails from NCAA Division I college coaches that Mankins is on their radar.
Measuring 6 feet 3 inches and weighing 245 pounds, Mankins is a chiseled specimen of skill. He has size, strength, and stamina.
“He’s got an exceptional technique,” Pinabell said of Mankins’ upper body positioning, his explosiveness in the lower body, his ability to create holes for running back Nick Yanchuk and time for the ball. quarterback Aidan Crump’s passing arm.
“He still hasn’t hit his cap,” Pinabell added. “He’s still scratching the surface. He’s starting to get (college) looks, he’s a special player.
Resume construction continues for Mankins. It’s far too early in his career to place him in the pantheon of great Shamrock linemen like Andy Robertson, Skip Tramontana, Tim Sheldon, Stan Koss, David Paine, Andy Pelletier, Dean Merlin, Dan Messier and the Nazarian brothers.
But listening to Paul O’Boy, Bishop Feehan’s former athletic director and football coach who still mentors Shamrock’s linemen, Mankins has the potential to be talked about in rarefied terms.
“He’s the real deal,” O’Boy said. “He’s a calm kid, but he also has an aggressive attitude. He can be a man, not in the sense of hurting anyone, but he’s not an altar boy. He has good speed, very good reactions and he’s a smart kid. He has all of these tools to become a college lineman – he is legit. “
Mankins plays with as much reckless abandon and confidence on the soccer field as he does on the basketball court as a presence in the paint where he is a bouncing machine.
The comparisons have Mankins’ with former Denver Broncos All-Pro offensive lineman and Hall of Fame member Tom Nalen. The former Foxboro High Warrior, who went on to play football at Boston College and became an All-Pro five times during his 15-year NFL career.
Nalen, likewise, was a holy terror in the aisle of a bruise center for then-Foxboro High coach Creig Muscato. Mankins will fill the same role for Shamrock hoop coach Dean O’Connor.
And wouldn’t you know, his dad Logan, a seven-time All-Pro selected in his 11-year NFL career, didn’t shy away from making picks, boxing and going backboarding during his days. high school basketball player in Mariposa (Ca.) High.
And it’s in those footsteps on the basketball court that helped make Mankins the player he is, just eight games into his high school football career after the Shamrocks got tangled up with their rival from crosstown Attleboro High Friday night.
“We don’t talk a lot about technique,” Logan Mankins said of his son’s stewardship. “We watch movies together sometimes. I could tell him a few things to practice on, I try not to exceed anything.
Elder Mankins encouraged his son to play basketball. “I think it’s good for you to do it,” he said of exploring other avenues in athletics instead of being a 12 month-a-year football player. “Basketball, with all its footwork, can definitely help a lineman.”
For now, Mankins is stationed at the left tackle point along the Shamrocks’ offensive line with 6-3, 240-pound junior Eddie Cinelli on the right tackle.
6-foot-1, 250-pound junior Sean Finucane moved up to the starting center position, flanked by six-foot, 225-pound Jake Gosselin junior to his right and six-foot, 240-pound Tristen Upton to his right. left. .
“Every day I work on stuff in training,” Mankins said of improving his skills. And virtually every day of the year, he’s in the Shamrock weight room, adjusting his setting under the watchful eye of workout guru Mike Vitelli.
“Basketball, playing at post, definitely helped me with my footwork,” Mankins explained of his agility. “In basketball you run a lot, so building my endurance helps me too,” he added, hardly ever leaving the football field, except for some specialist team situations.
“After a game my dad doesn’t talk too much, usually we just watch the movie of the game,” Mankins said of his Football Lineman 101 instruction. “It doesn’t make much of a difference to me if I’m playing on the right side. (tackle) or on the left side. I really like playing defense, you can hit people!
Mankins admits in his personal review that he improved his technique and training as a football player, arriving on the pitch in training or on a Friday night much more confident to be able to execute the game plans.
“This line is five juniors, it’s exciting,” praised Pinabell, the Shamrocks coming out of a three-win spring season when the group was doing a sophomore apprenticeship with Mankins and his classmates are mentored by the line coach John Keenan.
“We took our pieces last season, we struggled a lot,” said Pinabell, Mankins included in this sentence, also, to learn what is needed to play at the college level. “As the season went on they started to understand and here we are now.”
Mankins did not attend any positional football camps during the summer or play in any demonstration matches. Once again, Mankins was found on the Shamrocks basketball court in Mass’s summer league. Premier Courts, Bishop Feehan concluded the regular season at the .500 level and won a playoff round.
Mankins was actually more of a two-way ending to his football days as Pop Warner, a skinny, gangly kid with a mop of red hair. Mankins began his Shamrock football career as a six-foot, 200-pound rookie.
And given he was a wide-eyed teenager who hung out in the Buccaneers’ locker room, Mankins might be more of a Tampa Bay Bucs fan than a Patriots follower.
“I couldn’t believe how fat these guys were, how fast they were, that was pretty cool,” Mankins said. “When my dad played for the Patriots, I was a Pats fan, but when he got traded to the Bucs, now I’m still a Bucs fan.”
Mankins proudly wears the number 70, hoping it represents the last name well.
“The team has more confidence and I’m more confident too,” Mankins said of his career and status. “I’m fine, I’m just going over there and playing my best. There is a lot of football to be played.