One of Nebraska's two remaining spots for 2019 is filled.
Cal graduate transfer Kanawai Noa announced via his Instagram account on Sunday that he had committed to Nebraska.
The former Golden Bear posted an image of himself in a Nebraska jersey on campus.
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Noa, listed at 6-foot and 185 pounds, has been productive in each of the past two seasons for Cal.
"He's a fearless guy, he's a clutch guy," Cal head coach Justin Wilcox told Bear Insider last fall. "It seems like when you need it the most, he shows up. That is a great quality to have. That is just part of his DNA.
"We try to put him in spots where we can maybe isolate him. The defense does things to take away certain people, and there is a comfort level for the quarterback with a guy like that who's proven it on third down, or any down, he can come up with a big play. He's done that for us."
In 2018, Noa hauled in 30 catches for 369 and two touchdowns over eight games. That was a downgrade from 2017, when he racked up 56 catches for 788 yards (No. 8 in the Pac-12) and four scores.
Cal receivers coach Nicholas Edwards said in November, "He has great hands, he has a natural feel from the slot position to go find space, find zones. He is a very intelligent receiver on top of that. He can go into the seam, he can hop outside and run go-balls, he can run corners. He can run every route in the book."
Noa played his high school ball at Punahou High in Honolulu, Hawaii, and was a three-star prospect in the 2015 class.
Noa announced his intention to graduate transfer from Cal back in January. At the time, various media outlets reporting his departure referred to him as a slot receiver.
Not long after Noa decided to leave Cal, NU hired former Golden Bears defensive line coach Tony Tuioti. At the very least, Noa had a familiar face in Lincoln when he came to visit.
The Huskers are searching for depth behind junior standout JD Spielman in the receiving corps, and Noa now looks like a big part of that equation. Most of the spring, redshirt freshman Andre Hunt and senior Jaron Woodyard filled out the starting trio, and freshman Wan'Dale Robinson should also have a sizable role in the offense, whether at receiver, running back or both.
After that, the Huskers also have senior Mike Williams, sophomore walk-on Kade Warner, sophomore Jaevon McQuitty and a freshman trio of Jamie Nance, Demariyon Houston and Darien Chase. NU, of course, must replace the record-setting production of Stanely Morgan, who is now with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Noa counts toward Nebraska's 2019 class, which now includes 29 players. NU signed 27 during the winter signing periods and have since added verbal pledges from junior college defensive lineman Jahkeem Green and Noa.
The Huskers can take a maximum of 30 players for the cycle, meaning they can still add one more scholarship player to the roster between now and the start of the regular season.
|QB (3)||Luke McCaffrey||Adrian Martinez|
|RB (5)||Ronald Thompkins||Maurice Washington||Dedrick Mills*|
|Rahmir Johnson||Jaylin Bradley*|
|TE (6)||Chris Hickman||Katerian Legrone*||Austin Allen*||Jack Stoll*|
|Kurt Rafdal*||Travis Vokolek|
|WR (11)||Jamie Nance||Andre Hunt*||Jaevon McQuitty*||JD Spielman*||Jaron Woodyard*|
|Darien Chase||Miles Jones*||Mike Williams|
|Wan'Dale Robinson||Kanawai Noa*|
|T (7)||Bryce Benhart||Broc Bando*||Brenden Jaimes||Christian Gaylord*|
|Matthew Anderson||Matt Farniok*|
|G (4)||Michael Lynn||Matt Sichterman*||John Raridon*|
|C (3)||Ethan Piper||Will Farniok*|
|DE (12)||Ty Robinson||Tate Wildeman*||Chris Walker*||Ben Stille*||Khalil Davis*|
|Mosai Newsom||Casey Rogers*||Deontre Thomas*||Jahkeem Green||Carlos Davis*|
|Brant Banks||DaiShon Neal*|
|DT (3)||Damion Daniels*||Darrion Daniels*|
|OLB (8)||Garrett Nelson||David Alston*||Caleb Tannor||JoJo Domann*||Tyrin Ferguson*|
|Jamin Graham||Pernell Jefferson*||Alex Davis*|
|ILB (6)||Nick Henrich||Collin Miller*||Mohamed Barry*|
|Jackson Hannah||Will Honas*|
|S (6)||Myles Farmer||Marquel Dismuke*||Eric Lee Jr.*|
|Noa Pola-Gates||Deontai Williams*||Avery Anderson*|
|CB (7)||Javin Wright||Braxton Clark*||Cam Taylor||Dicaprio Bootle*||Lamar Jackson|
|Quinton Newsome||Tony Butler*|
|ST (1)||Barret Pickering (K)|
|*Player has used redshirt|