PROVO — Timpview doesn’t exactly need any more defensive standouts for the 2013 campaign. The Thunderbirds are stacked on the dark side of the ball with numerous highly recruited players already suiting up. But, as the saying goes, the rich get richer.
Isaiah Nacua, a four-star defensive end who has verbally committed to play at BYU, transferred into the Timpview boundaries from nationally acclaimed Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“All I have to go off of is the highlight tapes from Bishop Gorman. But what you see on those tapes is a player,” Timpview coach Cary Whittingham said. “It seems to be that they slipped inside and outside a little bit — end and tackle — and he’s an athletic, physical and explosive player. He appears to be somebody who could be a game-changer but of course we haven’t had him around to see a whole heckvua lot. So, based on highlights that’s what we expect.”
Nacua is 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds and is the No.3 rated prospect in Nevada according to ESPN’s recruiting database. At Bishop Gorman he rotated frequently on the defensive line. For his size he’s able to use his overpowering strength to clog the middle but is also quick enough to disrupt the passing game from the weakside defensive end. Here are a few of Nacua’s highlights.
During the Gaels 13-1 state championship season that ended with a No.15 ranking in MaxPreps’ Top 25, Nacua recorded 59 total tackles, 32 of which were solo, and led the team in sacks with 8.5.