By Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports | September 29, 2017 12:38 pm ET
Three American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) football players, Patrick Surtain, Jr., Tyson Campbell, and Nesta Silvera, put on a No. 18 jersey Friday as part of the Army All-American Bowl Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance.
While the No. 18 is symbolic of the 2018 class, it’s not the type of number the three players, all defenders allow this season. The No. 6-ranked Patriots (3-0) are allowing less than seven points a game this season.
“I think we are the best defense in the country, no doubt,” Surtain said. “We compete at a high level every day in practice and it shows in the game. We bring it.”
Silvera, a 6-2, 308-pound defensive tackle, is listed at No. 18 at his position in the 2018 class by 247Sport.com’s composite rankings and is a Miami commit.
“Having two lockdown corners definitely helps,” Silvera said.
“With our defense, we have the utmost confidence in each other when we step on the field,” Campbell said. “We feel like we can dominate.”
Surtain and Campbell are listed as the No. 1 and No. 3 cornerbacks in the 2018 class, respectively, by the 247Sports composite rankings and are uncommitted. They said they plan to wait until after the Army game to announce their college choices.
“We compete against each other every day and work on our craft,” Surtain said.
When Hurricane Irma hit the area several weeks ago, Surtain evacuated to Atlanta, while Silvera and Campbell stayed home.
“We had flooding and no power for five days,” Silvera said.
“Irma was pretty devastating and it hit our school pretty badly,” Surtain said. “But we got right back to it. We are a very tight team and we made sure every member of our (Patriots) family was good.”
Surtain’s father, Patrick Surtain Sr., is the Patriots’ coach and will be one of the assistants for the Army game.
“I knew it was going to me my last high school game coached by coach Pat and I wanted the experience of playing in Texas,” Campbell said.