Nebraska Recruiting: 4-star DB Noa Pola-Gates Commits To Huskers
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Greg’s Guys: Let’s Get Defensive

November 06, 2018

It’s been pretty busy since the last time we had a new Greg’s Guys list. That’s reflected in our new list today as there are only three holdovers from the last list. Since athlete Wandale Robinson committed to Kentucky and offensive tackle Bryce Benhart committed to Nebraska, we have a new No. 1 player on the list. 

As we hit the stretch run toward the early signing period, Nebraska will be narrowing down and locking in on some key 2019 targets. Here are my top 10 players for the class of 2019 based on Nebraska’s needs, how a player fits in the scheme and talent.

We keep this list fluid and that’s what makes it fun.

1. DE Ty Robinson‍ (Gilbert, Arizona) 

All through the spring and summer, Nebraska was the school most closely linked with Robinson. Things seemed to cool down some and the versatile defensive lineman started taking official visits during the season. He’s been to USC and Oregon for official visits. Next, he will visit Lincoln on Nov. 17 for the game against Michigan State. That will be Robinson’s third time on campus since Scott Frost took over. Expect him to get the full red carpet treatment during that visit as he’s become perhaps the most important target left on the board. A scheduled trip to Alabama in late November looms as well.

2. OLB Lloyd Summerall‍ (Lakeland, Florida)

Nebraska is in need of dynamic athletes that can rush the passer. Summerall, who stands at 6-foot-5, 205 pounds, fits the bill perfectly. The Lakeland, Florida, native is scheduled to make his first official visit of the year to Nebraska for the Michigan State game. The Huskers have a tremendous opportunity to set the bar for the defender that they are trying to pull away from Miami, Florida or Florida State. 

3. JUCO OT Myron Cunningham‍ (Dodge City, Iowa)

There is some debate about if Nebraska will take just one more offensive lineman in the class. I personally believe there will be just one more taken and the Huskers would be thrilled if it ends up being Cunningham. The Iowa Central product is quick for his size (6-5, 300) and has seen his recruitment really take off lately. The Huskers were among the first to offer the Ohio native. 

4. JUCO LB Dru Mathis‍ (Moorpark, California)

Mathis originally signed with San Diego State out of high school. The linebacker with a knack for rushing the passer has seen his stock rise this season and has already taken an official visit to Illinois this fall. After he got the offer from Nebraska, he told Hail Varsity that he was excited to visit Lincoln and the relationship with the staff started well. Mathis is a December graduate and plans to make a decision after he makes all of his trips. 

5. JUCO DB Markquese Bell‍ (Coffeyville, Kansas)

Bell currently stars at Coffeyville Community College. The hard-hitting safety (6-3, 195) originally signed with Maryland as a 4-star out of high school. All signs point to Nebraska here as Bell has an official visit set for the Michigan State game where the Huskers will hope to lock down his commitment. Bell is a three-for-three player.

6. DB Noa Pola-Gates‍ (Gilbert, Arizona)

One of the Huskers’ top priorities in the 2019 class is to land difference making defensive backs. Pola-Gates certainly fits that description. The 4-star (HV Rating: 92.0) profiles more as a safety but also possesses cornerback skills. Pola-Gates took an official visit to Lincoln and was accompanied by a lot of family members including a cousin who is going to play softball at Nebraska. Alabama is a huge threat here as he has made multiple visits to Tuscaloosa with an Iron Bowl visit on his calendar. 

7. DB Joshua Sanguinetti‍ (Fort Laurderdale, Florida)

Sanguinetti is a new name on the list but one the Huskers have been in contact with for a long time. The defensive back from the Sunshine State has 35 offers but has had a relatively quiet recruitment. Things seem pretty wide open with him, which is why it’s great for the Huskers that they will get a chance to host him for the Michigan State game. Jovan Dewitt is the lead recruiter here and will have the opportunity to set a high bar. 

8. WR Brieon Fuller‍ (Miami, Florida) 

The one-time Miami Hurricanes commit is a nice prospect who could play either outside or in the slot in Frost’s offense. He has good enough size (6-0, 180) and hands to make contested catches as he often does in his film. He holds around a dozen scholarship offers with Utah and Nebraska being the schools most mentioned with him.

9. DB Jamel Starks‍ (Decatur, Georgia)

Nebraska has been trying to do work in Georgia and hope to keep building momentum with the talented defender. The Peach State native is a two-way standout for his high school. Starks shows good coverage instincts on film and is a good tackler, too. He was in Lincoln for an official visit for the Colorado game. In my mind, Starks is a very underrated prospect because he lacks ideal size. He currently has no other official visits planned. 

10. CB Tavian Mayo‍ (Leesburg, Georia)

The defender from Georgia, made the trip to Lincoln with his family for the Minnesota game. It was his first official visit of the fall so Nebraska had an opportunity to really make an impression. Mayo is a tough defensive back who is willing to come down in the box and make a hit. He has offers from Duke, Georgia Tech and Iowa State. 

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