After Nick Menocal earned first team all-county honors by the Miami Herald and second team all-state by the Florida prep sports writers in 2009 and posting a 114.60 SPARQ Rating at the Miami Nike Football Combine on Saturday, this 6-foot-2, 235-pound physical defensive lineman has positioned himself as the top-rated SPARQ athlete through two events and a premier South Florida recruit for the Class of 2011 in talent-rich Dade County. Now get to know him a little better in this ESPN RISE "Getting to Know" series.
Born: November 18, 1992
Favorite TV show: SportsCenter
What's in my iPod: Lil' Wayne
iPhone or Blackberry: Blackberry
Mac or PC: Mac
Dream car: Lamborghini
Dream date: Sit down dinner on the beach followed by along walk.
Dream college: University of Florida
Favorite vacation spot: Gatlinburg (Tenn.)
Favorite meal: Shrimp
Favorite movie: The Hangover
Favorite sports team: Ravens
What I'm reading: Gulliver's Travel
On my bedroom walls: Old Yankee Stadium poster
One thing I'd grab from my burning house: My little brother
Worst habit: Saying "yeah" when speaking to adults
Most embarrassing moment: Emceeing at my littlebrother's play
Love to trade places for a day with: My dad
My heroes: My dad, Ignacio Menocal
Talent I'd most like to have: Play the drums
Favorite athlete to watch: Baltimore Ravens LB RayLewis
Pregame ritual: Write "aggressive" and "physical" onmy athletic tape and look over the playbook.
Best player ever competed against: Right Tackle onPensacola in the class 3A state finals game last year.
Goal for the season: As a team to come out fast andmake it back to Orlando (home of the state finals), for me I would like to makethe All-American team.
Biggest rival: Columbus (Miami, Fla.).
Best advice from a coach: My linebacker coach EddieDelgado tells me, "Go hard and be aggressive even if you make a mistake makesure you are going full speed."