Nico Siragusa's stock rising 

September, 28, 2011
Offensive lineman Nico Siragusa (Chula Vista, Calif./Mater Dei) has seen his stock soar in recent months and is now among the most heavily recruited lineman in the state.

Siragusa is a classic late-bloomer who didn't play his first year of football until his junior season. He showed up as a complete unknown at the Nike SPARQ combine in Long Beach but after measuring out at 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, throwing the power ball 42 feet and compiling the top SPARQ rating for all offensive linemen, he earned an invite to the Nike camp at USC the following day.

"Man, that was a crazy experience," Siragusa said. "There were so many people at the combine and then at the Nike camp the next day, the talent was sick. I remember just hoping to get in to the camp at SC and then competing pretty well and getting a shout out in a post camp article. It was a great experience for me and I learned a lot."