Siragusa has four offers

Offensive lineman Nico Siragusa from Mater Dei High School in San Diego is both big and strong. His size and strength allow him to dominate on the offensive line against Southern California talent, and have helped him gain attention from a number of schools.

"I'm 6'6", 300 pounds and I run a 5.3 forty," Nico Siragusa said. "I bench 360 and I squat 500 pounds. I'm pretty big I guess."

There's another lineman, of NFL fame, that is Nico's namesake. Tony Siragusa, or "Goose," signed with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent back in 1990 and is now a sideline reporter for Fox Network. With Nico having the same last name, the first thing that pops into everyone's mind is the question, "Are you related to Tony Siragusa?"

"No, but I get that a lot," he said with a laugh. "Everybody thinks I'm related to him, and I must have been asked that question 20 times already, but no, I'm not related to him in any way."

Currently Siragusa has four offers on the table from Pac-10 and WAC universities.

"I have one from Washington State, one from Colorado, one from San Diego State and one from San Jose State."

Aside from the four offers, Siragusa is also hearing from other schools.

"Other than that, all the other schools that are recruiting me are Arizona, Oregon, UCLA, USC, Utah, Boise State, Cal, Washington, Nebraska, Reno Nevada, Fresno State and BYU."

Siragusa is currently taking his time in order to further educate himself on the different programs.

"I don't really have a favorite right now and I haven't really narrowed it down to a top five yet," he said. "Every school is equal right now. I just want to take my time to get a better idea on each of these different schools."

However, he does have an idea of what he wants at the college level. He wants to study communications or psychology at a college where he feel comfortable socially with the students, as well as with the program's coaches.

"My approach to the recruiting process is of course it's going to be family first," Siragusa said. "My family is going to help me with the decision. Basically what it's going to come down to is I want to go to a school that's the best fit for me.

"I want to go to a school where I feel the most comfortable when I take my official visit, and which coaching staff I get along with the most. I want to go to a school that's like a home away from home."

San Diego State University is close to home for Siragusa, and the Aztecs have already offered him a scholarship.

"I always have love for the home team," he said. "I grew up watching San Diego State play and they've been there from the very beginning. I like San Diego State."

One university that is taking a closer look at Siragusa is BYU. Although he's not LDS, Siragusa knows a little about the private university and its football program.

"They're sending me letters and I've spoken with their o-line coach [Mark Weber]," said Sirigusa. "He said he's going to be watching me this year, and then we'll take it from there.

"BYU is a different kind of program and they're independent now. I like BYU because they have a lot of tradition. I know the school revolves around a whole different religion and everything, but they have a winning tradition and take football very seriously."

Siragusa plans on attending a few camps this summer.

"Yeah, most of them want me to come out to their camp – UCLA, Washington and many others, because it's an evaluation period. I plan on at least going to three camps this summer. I know I'm going to go to the UCLA camp, but other than that one, I don't know what other camps I'm going to go to."

Mater Dei High School is a private Catholic school, and Siragusa is deeply religious. In addition to evaluating each school's football program and educational opportunities, he is also looking for a college where he can feel comfortable without any social pressures that might influence him in a negative way.

"I'm looking for a program where I can come in as a freshman and play right away and get some playing time," he said. "I'm looking for a program where I can just fall in love with the school. I want it to basically be a home away from home. I want it to be close enough so that my family can just catch a plane and come watch me play. I don't want to go to a place where it's really far away.

"I also want to go to a place that has a good environment. I'm very religious and I'm a Christian. God is very important to me and I'm not into all that partying stuff. I'm more about getting down to work, and so I want to go to a place where I don't have to worry about all that."

Siragusa's God-first mentality is one reason why a college with strong standards, like BYU, would be such an attractive and intriguing option.

"Yeah, the standard aspect is something that I'm interested in and it's something that influences me a lot," Siragusa said. "BYU, even though I don't know a lot about their religion, is a place where their morals are set really high. I like that a lot about the program."

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