Nesta Silvera committed to the Hurricanes back in February.
What to Like: At 6-foot-2 and 310 pounds, he's built ideally for a major college prospect on the interior of the defensive line. He's massive and carries his weight well and doesn't struggle with his weight like a lot of young big men. He checked into a Nike event at 297 pounds as a sophomore and was 307 as a junior. He has excellent quickness for someone his size. He's well coached and flashes the ability to disengage about as well as you'll see at the prep level. He's powerful and very difficult for high school players to handle on their own. Not only can he eat up double teams but he's also very active in opposing backfields. He finished his junior season with 75 tackles, 16 for loss, 5.5 sacks, two caused fumbles, and he even blocked a field goal. As you can see, he's not simply a big run stuffer in the middle. He plays at American Heritage, where they went 14-0 last season and won a state championship. He plays in an elite prep program where competition is very intense all the time. He's used to being in a winning environment. He's used to being in a competitive atmosphere. He's the type of kid who will come into college and be ready to compete from day one.
What may concern you: Like with most big men who flash the ability to dominate at the prep level, Silvera needs to work on keeping his motor running all the time and making sure he goes hard every single play. There will be times when he lets smaller guys get into his body and neutralize him on the interior. Once he gets into top notch shape and learns to go hard every single play he should have a chance to be extremely disruptive at the college level.
Bottom Line: Good interior defensive linemen are very hard to find. Butch Davis once said there are usually only 10-12 real good ones coming out every year all across the country. Silvera flashes the ability to be in that group. Some of his other offers were from Florida State, Florida, Georgia, and Penn State so he was being recruited like one of the best in the whole state. Silvera is Miami's only defensive tackle commitment right now in a class that's currently ranked as the nation's best for 2018.