Nesta Silvera announced his commitment to Miami yesterday.
What to like: There's a whole bunch to like about Silvera as a prospect. He plays at American Heritage, where he helped them win a state championship this past season. He is well coached, comes from a very competitive program, and is used to being in a winning culture. Those things matter a lot when it comes to evaluating young players. He's very powerful and does a lot of things on the interior of the defensive line. He's strong and physical enough that he can create a new line of scrimmage when facing double teams. It's really tough for high school players to move him at all. He also shows the ability to disengage blockers and make plays, a lot of which come in opposing backfields. He finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 16 for loss, and six quarterback sacks. He also caused a couple fumbles and even blocked a field goal. He's not just a big body inside. He's a big, strong, physical kid who is also very active.
What may concern you: As is the case with a lot of big, young interior defensive line prospects, he doesn't flash top notch athleticism. At 6-foot-1, he lacks ideal height you look for in elite defensive tackle prospects. He doesn't have long arms. He's 320+ pounds so UM will have to closely monitor his weight over the next several months to make sure he shows up in good physical shape. He can tire at times, which takes away from his ability to make even more plays in the middle.
Bottom Line: He's the real deal. Butch Davis once said that in an average year there are only about 12 real good interior defensive line prospects in the entire country. Silvera can become that type of player. He has a lot of things you look for in an top tier defensive tackle prospect. Florida State, Georgia, West Virginia, and NC State were some of his other offers so he was being recruited like a top tier prospect at the time of his commitment. He becomes Miami's 9th commitment in the 2018 class, and their first defensive lineman.