Getting To Know: Michael Pierce

MOBILE, Ala. -- At 6-foot-1, 258-pounds middle linebacker Michael Pierce of Daphne (Daphne, Ala.) is a rare combination of speed and power. After earning All-County First Team and All-Metro Second Team honors by the Mobile Press-Register in 2009 and posting a 105.42 SPARQ Rating on Saturday, Feb. 13, this Louisiana native is poised to see his profile increase over the coming months. Now get to know him a little better in this ESPN RISE "Getting to Know" feature.

Born: November 6, 1992
Favorite TV show: NFL Network
What's in my iPod: Lil' Wayne and Three Days Grace
iPhone or Blackberry: iPhone
Mac or PC: PC
Dream car: Lamborghini Gallardo
Dream date: Gabrielle Union
Dream college: LSU
Favorite vacation spot: Destin, FL
Favorite meal: Meatloaf
Favorite movie: 300
Favorite sports team: Patriots
What I'm reading: Great Gatsby
On my bedroom walls: Awards, posters, and pictures
One thing I'd grab from my burning house: My mom, Daphne Pierce
Worst habit: Biting my fingernails
Most embarrassing moment: I missed a tackle on Fairhope (Fairhope, Ala.)
punt returner Jamal Woodyard and I had to watch it on the local sports news station
Love to trade places for a day with: President Obama
My heroes: My parents and Ray Lewis
Talent I'd most like to have: Play lacrosse
Favorite athlete to watch: Former Ole Miss and current San Francisco 49er, Patrick Willis
Pregame ritual: Pray before every game and listen to my iPod
Best player ever competed against: Niceville senior RB Roy Finch, a Class of 2010 commitment to Oklahoma
Goal for the season: To be an All-American
Biggest rival: Fairhope (Fairhope, Ala.)
Best advice from a coach: My dad, Michael Pierce, a former Tulane all-purpose back, always tells me, "Only worry about what you can control and everything else will fall into place."