BYU Eyeing Polar Prospect

Alaska is not known for being a college football recruiting hot bed, but that does not mean the state is without good athletes. In fact, one big defensive prospect that is attracting looks from BYU and several northwestern Pac-10 schools. spoke with the d-line recruit who hales from the sunny tropics but is now dominating the football scene in the frozen arctic.

Papapa Nicholas-Silvira is a 6'3", 300-pound defensive tackle from Kenai, Alaska. Last year he was named the states "Defensive Big Hitter of the Year," along with being named first team all-state. He is a four-year varsity starter and his team will be playing Saturday night for their fourth straight state championship.

"My top two schools are BYU and Oregon State," Nicholas-Silvira said. "I've been talking to Coach Lamb from BYU and they seem serious. I have had some real good talks with them. I'm also hearing a lot from Oregon St., they are supposed to call me tonight."

Nicholas-Silvira has also heard from Oregon and Washington State, but he has not been offered an official scholarship from anyone yet.

"I went to the Oregon St. summer camp this summer and the Nike camp in Eugene," Nicholas-Silvira said. "At the Nike camp I was the second best on the bench, and I ran a 4.9 forty at the Oregon St. camp."

Nicholas-Silvira, who is part Hawaiian and part Samonan, comes from a very interesting family. His father is Catholic and his Mother is Mormon. He is the youngest of 5 children and has yet to choose which church he wants to join.

"Three of my siblings are Mormon and one of my siblings is Catholic," Nicholas-Silvira said. "I haven't been baptized in either church yet. I grew up going to the Mormon Church, but as I've gotten older I've got busy with sports and all."

Nicholas-Silvira's mother's side of the family is hoping he goes to BYU, but he really just wants a school with a good atmosphere.

"I'm from a small town, so I want to go somewhere where I don't have any distractions," Nicholas-Silvira said. "I want to play football beyond college."

When asked to describe his style of play, Nicholas-Silvira said he is strong, good at plugging holes, and can shed blocks. He said when he watches college games, defensive lineman can line up with either hand down in the stance, and wants to be able to do that. will continue to monitor Nicholas-Silvira's recruiting progress.

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