The 14th in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.
Nico Siragusa is a 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman from Chula Vista, Calif. A local product, Siragusa comes to San Diego State from Mater Dei Catholic High School, where he was an All-CIF first-team selection and first-team all-state. Siragusa picked SDSU over several other schools that showed interest, and he is a perfect example of keeping local talent in San Diego.
Siragusa is still very new to the game of football, as he has only played the sport for two years. It wasn’t until his junior year that Siragusa transitioned from baseball and basketball and began playing football. With Division 1 coaching and training, Siragusa has the potential to be a solid contributor on the offensive line for years to come as he matures and learns more about the game. He will wear No. 56 for the Aztecs.
Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: I chose SDSU because it’s my hometown. I love the atmosphere and the environment. I love where it’s going and I like the program overall.
Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: The summer workouts were hard. They were the hardest workouts I’ve ever done. The plate pushes and the lunges were really tough.
Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I want to major in communication. Eventually I would want to be an analyst on ESPN, that would be really cool.
Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I am just excited for getting into the mix of school and being on my own. I’m excited for the season to start too it’s going to be fun.
Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I’m a pretty chill guy. I like to hang out with my friends, go lift weights, go to the beach, all that stuff.
Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I’m an Oakland Raiders fan even though I’m from San Diego. I also like the Padres and the Lakers.
Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: I try to model my game after Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers because he’s a beast. I also like to watch Derek Jeter, Kobe Bryant, and Lebron James.
Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: I’d probably be playing baseball. I played varsity my freshman and sophomore year, but after that I didn’t want to play anymore because of football and basketball.
Q: Since you are from San Diego, what is your favorite thing about the city?
A: I like the weather, the people, and all the fun things there are to do. San Diego is the greatest city on earth.
Q: What is your most memorable sports moment from high school?
A: In the Spanos All-Star Classic, I was playing with all my friends from other high schools that I never got to play with. On one of the last plays, I pulled from left guard and I made a key block to help us win the game.