From the first time he stepped on campus to meet the coaching staff and see the University of Miami, Belen Jesuit linebacker Nick Menocal felt right at home. On Monday, the 6-3, 225-pounder made it official.
“I cannot describe what it felt like,” said Menocal after his visit to Coral Gables. “Everyone made me feel like I was already part of the family. It was something I felt.”
The approval of coach Randy Shannon was also something that was the determining factor in the process that included a number of other schools.
“I have so much respect for Coach (Randy) Shannon and this staff,” Menocal said. “It’s a great honor to be a part of a program like this.”
After a tremendous FAU “padded camp” performance, where Menocal and his teammates went against some of the top prospects in south and southwest Florida, there was little doubt that this impressive athlete was one of the best prospects in the region.
There was some talk three weeks ago that the Hurricanes would indeed get a commitment from Menocal, even though he really wasn’t sure until Monday after returning from the school.
Menocal, who was clocked in 4.55 at one of the spring combines, has been on the radar as several colleges had been writing and calling. This one time baseball standout had successfully made the transition from the diamond to the football field.
In helping to lead the Wolverines to their first ever state finals appearance last season, Menocal showcased his many skills, coming up with big plays down the stretch.
“This is huge for this program,” said head coach Richard Stuart. “This is certainly a first for this program, and now it really opens the doors for some of the other players we have on this team.”
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