USF Tracking Miami Central Pass Rusher

The South Florida Bulls have several connections to the powerhouse Miami Central with coach Telly Lockette on board and holding verbal commitments from Deatrick Nichols and Michael Smith. Coach Taggart is at it again - this time with junior defensive lineman Fermin Silva.

Recruiting is the name of the game. When Coach Taggart returned back to the Sunshine State to take over the South Florida Bulls last year, the Bradenton native hired running backs coach Telly Lockette away from the powerhouse football program, Miami Central High School.

That hire has paid good dividends and landed them verbal commitments this year from cornerback Deatrick Nichols and offensive lineman Michael Smith. Coach Willie Taggart is at it again - this time with junior defensive standout Fermin Silva.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound defensive force plays defensive tackle and end for Central, but projects best at outside linebacker when he gets to college.

"I've been doing well," Silva said. "I'm third on the team in tackles and I'm tied for first in Dade County in sacks with 10 on the year."

As for recruiting, the pass rushing specialist currently holds two offers.

"Right now, I have USF, Appalachian State and Miami and Florida State are interested, but UM is heavy on me right now."

With coach Lockette in Tampa Bay, Silva is the next Miami Central standout targeted by the Bulls' staff.

"Our former coach is up there (Lockette)," Silva said. "I went to their camp, I did well and they've been talking to me. I went up to the game when they played Miami up there. They said I have a good chance to come there and play, they need to people and I'd be a big part of their defense If I come there."

It's very early in the recruiting process for Silva, but two schools are starting to distance themselves from the pack of schools pursuing the junior.

"My top two are first Miami, and then Florida State, but right now it's UM," Silva said. "I'm supposed to be going to Florida State when they play UM and Cincinnati and Kentucky I might go visit soon."

Silva says he has no timetable for his decision.

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