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National Signing Day 2018: DT Nesta Silvera reaffirms Miami commitment, spurns Florida

A late push by Dan Mullen’s staff wasn’t enough.

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The Florida Gators made a long, hard run at Miami defensive tackle commit Nesta Silvera.

Silvera himself showed up at his commitment ceremony on National Signing Day with a Chucky doll.

It didn’t mean he was flipping to the Gators, it turns out.

Silvera reaffirmed his commitment to the Hurricanes at American Heritage’s much-ballyhooed National Signing Day ceremony on Wednesday, taking much of the drama out of his possible flip to the Gators by going first among a quartet of talented American Heritage players announcing final decisions.

Silvera’s teammate, Andrew Chatfield, would pick the Gators, but Chatfield’s lobbying alone was apparently not enough to get Silvera to renounce his longtime commitment to the Hurricanes.

Without Silvera, Florida’s hopes of getting an impact interior defensive lineman prospect in this 2018 recruiting class likely boil down to its chances with Mississippi prospect Fabian Lovett and Alabama prospect Malik Langham, both set to announce later on Wednesday.