Arizona State Football’s Top 3 Incoming Transfers for 2022

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Originally from American Heritage HS in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Nesta Jade Silvera is a recent transfer to Arizona State from the University of Miami.

Coming out of high school, Silvera was in the top rank of recruits in the 2018 class. Ranked 54th in the nation, he was also the No. 2 defensive tackle and 11th best recruit out of the state of Florida.

In February of 2017, Silvera committed to the University of Miami and was there for four years playing a total of 37 games as a Hurricane before entering the transfer portal at the end of the 2021 season.

Silvera was a starting defensive tackle for Miami that led the position group in tackles in 2021 with a combined 38 including 5.5 for loss and one fumble recovery. Over his career he accumulated 105 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, and 2 fumble recoveries.

Due to the extra year of eligibility granted to NCAA players who were enrolled during the 2020 season, Silvera is immediately eligible for Arizona State and looks slated for a starting role at defensive tackle.

Expectations are high for Silvera at Arizona State which is highlighted by his appearance on Athlon Sports’ Pac-12 Preseason All-Conference teams. The newest Sun Devil defensive lineman shows up on the Fourth-Team Defense alongside another defensive transfer, S Khoury Bethley.

After losing D.J. Davidson to the NFL draft, it is imperative that his production is replaced in the middle of the defensive line. Silvera seems like a perfect candidate to continue that trend of production and disrupt offensive lines throughout the Pac-12.