Arizona State lands former blue-chip Miami nose tackle Nesta Jade Silvera
Arizona State’s defense got better Wednesday.
Former Miami nose tackle Nesta Jade Silvera announced his intention to transfer to Tempe for his final season of eligibility. Silvera starred for the Hurricanes and comes over with starting experience and a chance to man the middle of ASU’s defense next season.
— Nesta Jade Silvera (@NJS_ERA) January 19, 2022
A 6-foot-2, 300-pounder figures to be front of the line as ASU looks to replace DJ Davidson (2022 NFL Draft). Per 247Sports, Silvera is expected to be on hand for spring ball.
Silvera was a key contributor for the Hurricanes during his four years in Miami and played immediately as a true freshman. He finished the 2021 campaign with 38 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. Over his career, Silvera appeared in 41 games for the Canes and earned 18 starts over the last two seasons. He totaled 105 tackles, 16 TFLs, two sacks, a forced fumble, and a pass breakup.
Among ACC defensive linemen to play at least 100 snaps in 2021, Silvera graded out as the sixth-best d-lineman in the conference, per PFF. He had the third-most stops—plays constituting a failure for the offense—among ACC defensive linemen. He was the seventh-graded ACC lineman (min. 100 snaps) in 2020.
Originally from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Silvera was a 4-star in the 2018 class, per the 247 Composite. He was the 54th overall player in his class and the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect.
ASU will also be getting back All-Pac-12 defensive tackle Jermayne Lole after he missed the entire 2021 season with a torn triceps tendon. The Sun Devils, despite departures up front from Davidson and end Tyler Johnson, could field a formidable group with Silvera in the fold.