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Miami makes inroads at American Heritage
Before last weekend, Nesta Silvera was probably one of the verbal commits Miami was most in danger of losing. Ohio State wanted the 4-star defensive tackle – badly – and was on track to at least get him on campus for an official visit before Silvera shut down his recruitment.
The defensive lineman from American Heritage School in Plantation, Fla., was emphatic on Twitter, calling himself fully committed.
1000% Committed. #Broward2Dade pic.twitter.com/dvKI9lTY0R
— Nesta (Jade) Silvera (@NJS_ERA) August 19, 2017
His dalliance with Ohio State ended after talking with Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski again.
“Hearing from Coach Kul and what he has planned for me, and what he has to offer me,” Silvera said Tuesday. “And then my relationship with Coach [Mike] Rumph and stuff.”
By locking down the 6-foot-2, 320-pound tackle, the Hurricanes now have a strong presence at Rumph’s former school. Rumph, who is Miami’s cornerbacks coach, previously was the coach at American Heritage, where he coached some of the nation’s top defensive backs. Two of the Hurricanes’ top remaining targets in the Class of 2018 happen to be two of his former students.
The first, and most likely to wind up in Coral Gables, is Tyson Campbell. The 5-star cornerback was a linebacker until his freshman year of high school, when he was moved to the corner and started studying under Rumph. Now the 6-foot-2 1/2, 180-pound defensive back is the No. 3 cornerback in the Class of 2018, according the 247Sports composite rankings.
Campbell mostly has kept quiet about his recruitment, but it shouldn’t be a surprise that he plans to take another visit to Miami.
“It’s right there,” Campbell told DieHards on Tuesday. “It’s a 45-minute drive down there, so I can just drive down there and it’s fine.”
The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently pits the Hurricanes against Ohio State. Miami currently has 40 percent of the predictions, and Ohio State 20 percent.
Campbell has been noncommittal about whether he’d like to stay close to home. Earlier this month, Campbell spoke with Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald about the Hurricanes, and the senior called them one of his “top schools.”
“At this point, I don’t really know,” Campbell said. “Some days I think about leaving. Some days I think about staying.”
Patrick Surtain Jr., Campbell’s teammate and another 5-star cornerback, hasn’t ruled out Miami, either. Surtain is by some metrics the highest-rated cornerback in history and is the No. 4 player in the country in the newly updated 247Sports composite rankings. The Hurricanes are in consideration to receive an official visit.
Surtain’s season, however, hit a road bump before it even began Friday. The defensive back injured his right knee during American Heritage’s preseason classic win against Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School. Surtain has yet to practice this week and spent Tuesday alternating between an ice pack and brace on his right knee. American Heritage coach Patrick Surtain, the former Dolphins cornerback and Surtain’s father, said the senior would visit the doctor Wednesday.
Threats to flip?
So if Silvera is locked in, then who do the Hurricanes still have to worry about flipping elsewhere before National Signing Day in February?
One name tossed around recently has been Josh Jobe. The 4-star cornerback recently transferred from Christopher Columbus High School in Miami to Cheshire Academy, a prep school in Cheshire, Conn. The defensive back aged out of high school in Florida and is now out of Miami’s backyard. Michigan and Alabama are both pushing hard for Jobe, who told Walter Villa of USA Today he’s keeping his recruitment open.
“A lot of colleges are going to come at me,” Jobe said. “I have to see what they are talking about. I have to see how this season goes. I still have time to figure it out. I don’t know how [Miami] is going to react, but I have to do what’s best for me.”
For what it’s worth, Jobe spent one of his final nights in Miami out to dinner with Matt Haggman, who is running for Congress to represent the district that includes Miami and Coral Gables.
A steak dinner to kick off senior year. Proud of you @JoshuaMJobe!!! pic.twitter.com/9OnTW7ir5K
— Matt Haggman (@matthaggman) August 22, 2017
Gurvan Hall, a 4-star safety from Palm Beach Gardens Community (Fla.) High School, could be another threat. The top-ranked player in Palm Beach County told Luke Stampini of 247Sports his commitment is “50-50.” Hall will take other official visits, including one to see the Crimson Tide. He also could be the latest in the Palm Beach-to-Louisville movement popularized during the Lamar Jackson era. Palm Beach Gardens Community defensive end Jarrett Jackson has verbally committed to the Cardinals.