Nesta Silvera was presented with the opportunity to join forces with the Miami (Fl) Hurricanes just roughly 24 hours ago, and now the highly-touted defensive tackle out of the 2018 class has opted to take it a step further by actually committing to Mark Richt's program, who welcomed him into the fold this afternoon.
Silvera, a product of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage that measures in at 6-foot-2, 295 pounds, was also heavily considering offers from TCU and Florida State before ultimately saying yes to the school located just 45 minutes away from his home in Broward County.
"Miami is home," Silvera told Scout. "I needed to be at a place where I knew the whole staff cared.
"Also, my mom has never missed a game and I never want her to."
Possessing additional offers from Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Mississippi State and West Virginia among others, Silvera also racked up 75 tackles, six and a half sacks and two forced fumbles during his junior campaign with Pat Surtain and the Patriots.
This is a powerful kid that doesn't hold a whole lot of bad weight, but it's his relentlessness and pursuit to the football that catches your attention in a hurry. He also does a good job of stacking up offensive linemen, and then shedding them to make a play in the trenches. He really knows how to control those one-on-one situations.
Despite being in the midst of a battle, Silvera shows good ball awareness and does a nice job of keeping his eyes up. He shows good change of direction when reading and reacting to the ball, but also closes on the ball carrier with impressive acceleration. Playing to the whistle will never be an issue for Silvera.
Silvera is an impressive athlete for a player of his stature, but is just as good when utilizing his strength and owning the interior of the trenches.
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