Four-star recruit Isaiah Nacua transfers to Timpview from Bishop Gorman

Isaiah Nacua, No. 81 right, makes a tackle for Bishop Gorman.

Isaiah Nacua, No. 81 right, makes a tackle for Bishop Gorman. Credit: MaxPreps

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.

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7 comments

    • Trevor Phibbs

      According to which recruiting database you look his star ranking changes. ESPN and 247sports have him as a four-star while Scout and Rivals have him as a three-star. Since I referenced ESPN’s state ranking I listed him as a four-star in the blog.

    • Trevor Phibbs

      I believe that he opened up his recruitment, but still maintains a soft commitment. I haven’t heard anything differently right now.

      • AZUTE1

        That’s not how the system works. Regardless of “Hard” or “Soft” on a verbal, if he’s committed on any level, it’d still list “Verbal”.

        As is the case w/Scout, he’s not at all committed to byu, which is why there’s no “Verbal”. He may very well still be considering them, along w/other schools, but currently he’s uncommitted to any school on any level, whatsoever.

        This fact, alone, renders your article as less than truthful. You ought to re-write it, accordingly, in order to maintain your/its integrity.

      • Trevor Phibbs

        That may be the case with Scout, but he’s still listed as committed on ESPN, Rivals and 247sports from my viewpoint. So, considering that three out of the four major recruiting databases haven’t changed his status coupled with the fact that I have no firsthand knowledge of his de-commitment (I haven’t spoken with him directly since his relocation) I think the article is accurate. If I were able to confirm that he officially opened his recruitment of course I would change the current information. But, for the time being (apart from insomnia) I can sleep at night with my integrity intact.

  1. Jeff

    This kid is a player. Watched him play multiple times down at Gorman. ESPN currently has him in the ESPN300. When is the last time Utah has had an ESPN300 or 150? Oh thats right, never. From what I understand he remains commtted to BYU, but is keeping his options open and wants to see if a couple other top programs extend offers. But with the family moving to the Utah County area you can pretty much bet he will end up playing for the Cougars.

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