Nebraska Recruiting: Getting Set for the Polynesian Bowl
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Nebraska Recruiting: Getting Set for the Polynesian Bowl

January 18, 2019

Recruiting never stops and it's easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The Polynesian Bowl, which is described as “where the world’s top high school football players gather to celebrate culture and play the game they love,” is held annually during the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week. There are actually over 30 players in the game this year that Nebraska has offered scholarships to.

Here are some of the ones we have talked about a lot at Hail Varsity for the last couple of years:

  • 3-star outside linebacker Lolani Langi
  • 3-star defensive end Treven Ma’ae (Oregon commit)
  • 4-star wide receiver Puka Nacua (USC commit)
  • 4-star offensive lineman EJ Ndoma-Ogar (Oklahoma commit)
  • 4-star cornerback Isaiah Rutherford (Notre Dame commit)
  • 4-star inside linebacker Daniel Heimuli
  • 4-star defensive back Marquez Beason (former Husker commit, Illinois commit)
  • 4-star wide receiver Jameson Williams (Ohio State commit)

The game is a pretty cool opportunity to see a lot of players the coaching staff liked throughout the recruiting process in ation. Of course, Husker fans will be keeping a close eye on 4-star defensive back Noa Pola-Gates‍ as he is set to make his declaration during the game on where he will be going to college. Pola-Gates will be deciding between Arizona State, USC and Nebraska. The player with the next best chance to end up a Husker playing in the game is defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Moa, who is scheduled to visit Nebraska the weekend of Jan. 25. 

The game will air live on the CBS Sports Network at 11:05 p.m. CT.

Recruit Watch

>> Coach Scott Frost and defensive backs coach Travis Fisher spent time in St. Louis today and one of the stops they made was to DeSmet Jesuit. The school is loaded with talent, including 2020 high 4-star wide receiver Jordan Johnson and 2021 cornerback Jakalin Johnson (but that is not either of them pictured in the tweet).

>> Nebraska coaches also swung through Dallas to Oak Cliff High School, home of recent official visitor and outside linebacker Steven Parker.

>> Nebraska has deployed some new graphics to recruits recently including the one that went out to 2020 athlete Quin Bright from Texas. Bright could be a key target for next cycle to fit into the “Duck-R” role.

https://twitter.com/QuinBright/status/1085995400685932544

>> Nebraska inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud was back in Colorado continuing the Huskers’ steady presence in the state. 

>> Avante Dickerson, a 2021 cornerback from Omaha Westside, picked up an offer from Minnesota on Thursday.

ICYMI

>> Since the staff is back on the road in full swing, we are providing updates on their whereabouts throughout the week including an update from outside linebacker Dylan Jordan. (Premium)

>> Go beyond the box score with Brandon Vogel to look at the 1997 Nebraska vs Missouri football game. (Premium)

>> Hail Varsity caught up with outside linebacker Steven Parker to see how his visit to Nebraska went last weekend. (Premium)

>>Derek Peterson gets you ready for Nebraska basketball’s showdown with Michigan State.

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