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Noa Pola-Gates has been signed with Nebraska since December, but only announced his commitment on Jan. 19. 

As such, today is the first time Husker coaches will make public comments about him. Head coach Scott Frost will certainly be asked about the four-star defensive back from Arizona this afternoon during his 2 p.m. news conference and secondary coach Travis Fisher had high praise in a university-produced video. 

"He's going to be able to be a right-now impact for us and a kid that you guys can look forward to in the future making a lot of plays at Nebraska," Fisher said.  

"Noa plays all over the field. He can play a little corner. … He's going to play safety for us. Very explosive kid. Great kid. Great family. Hard hitter. Knows how to get it done in the secondary. He also returns kicks. Plays all over the field, very athletic kid, and he's very fast and explosive. Great ball skills." 

Fisher says Pola-Gates will begin his Nebraska career as a safety but left open the possibility of the 5-foot-11 180-pounder playing elsewhere, too. 

"I'm going to use him at safety, and then if he's too good at corner, I'll use him at corner," Fisher said. 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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