Nebraska hits the home stretch of the contact period before National Signing Day in good shape to finish strong. 

The entire Husker staff spent Thursday in the Phoenix area to see four-star defensive end Ty Robinson, and they will see four-star safety Noa Pola-Gates before returning to Lincoln. 

Pola-Gates confirmed to the Journal Star that three NU assistants were in to see him Friday. 

Head coach Scott Frost couldnt't be in on Pola-Gates' in-home visit because he used one last week, so he went to South Dakota to visit the school of priority 2020 lineman Nash Hutmacher before returning to Lincoln. Frost tried to visit Hutmacher's school earlier in December, but the trip was scuttled because of weather. 

Once back in Lincoln, he'll find 2019 offensive line prospect Jimmy Fritzsche, who is the only known official visitor this weekend. The Greenville, South Carolina, native had a big curveball thrown into his recruitment yesterday when Clemson offered. 

So, if you're keeping score at home, here are the primary names to keep an eye on over the coming days: 

* Robinson hosted all four finalists (Oregon, USC, Alabama and the Huskers) this week and will announce his decision at 12:45 p.m. Wednesday at his school. 

* Pola-Gates intends to sign a national letter of intent on Wednesday, but will not announce his decision until Jan. 19 at the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii. 

* Fritzsche could make a decision in the coming days or delay signing until February. 

* Defensive end Brant Banks (Houston) is a midyear enrollee, so he'll be making his decision in the coming days. Banks visited the Huskers twice during the season. He's also been recruited hard by Baylor and others.

* Outside linebacker Amare Barno (Butler Community College in Kansas) is visiting Virginia Tech this weekend and then making his decision between the Hokies and Huskers shortly thereafter.  

Summerall's televised announcement: Another top Husker target, four-star outside linebacker Lloyd Summerall, is making his announcement between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on ESPN2 as part of ESPN's signing day coverage. The release refers to Summerall's finalists as Nebraska, Miami and Florida. 

Chase gets a final visit: NU offensive coordinator Troy Walters is making one more swing through the Pacific Northwest on Friday before heading back to Lincoln with the onset of the dead period. 

He'll be in Vancouver, Washington, to see wide receiver verbal commitment Darien Chase, the Union High standout confirmed to the Journal Star. 

Elsewhere, running backs coach Ryan Held was in Louisiana to see Matthew Anderson one last time during the contact period. 

Both players are expected to sign Wednesday, and then will join the Huskers in the summer. Every Husker verbal commit, besides juco offensive lineman Desmond Bland, is expected to sign Wednesday. Bland is expected to sign in February.

Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School) Stars
Matthew Anderson OT 6-7 250 Leesville, La. ***
Brant Banks DL 6-8 285 Houston (Westbury Christian) ***
Bryce Benhart OT 6-9 305 Lakeville, Minn. (North) ****
Desmond Bland OL 6-4 300 Flossmoor, Ill. (Arizona Western C.C.) ****
Darien Chase WR 6-1 175 Vancouver, Wash. (Union) ****
Myles Farmer DB 6-3 180 Atlanta (Westlake) ***
Jimmy Fritzsche OL 6-7 250 Greenville, S.C. ***
Jamin Graham OLB 6-6 240 Attalla, Ala. (Etowah) ***
Jackson Hannah ILB 6-3 220 Nashville, Tenn. (Montgomery Bell) ****
Nick Henrich ILB 6-4 210 Omaha (Burke) ****
Chris Hickman TE 6-5 220 Omaha (Burke) ***
Rahmir Johnson RB 5-10 170 Oradell, N.J. (Bergen Catholic) ****
Michael Lynn OT 6-7 300 Englewood, Colo. (Cherry Creek) ***
Luke McCaffrey QB 6-3 185 Littleton, Colo. (Valor Christian) ***
Dedrick Mills RB 5-10 227 Waycross, Ga. (Garden City C.C.) ***
Jamie Nance WR 6-0 170 Blanchard, Okla. ***
Garrett Nelson OLB 6-3 235 Scottsbluff ***
Mosai Newsom DE 6-5 260 Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock) ***
Quinton Newsome DB 6-2 180 Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) ***
Ethan Piper DL 6-4 275 Norfolk (Catholic) ***
Ty Robinson DE 6-6 285 Gilbert, Ariz. (Higley) ****
Wandale Robinson RB 5-9 180 Frankfort, Ky. (Western Hills) ****
Garrett Snodgrass ATH 6-3 225 York ***
Ronald Thompkins RB 6-0 203 Loganville, Ga. (Grayson) ***
Javin Wright DB 6-3 195 Chandler, Ariz. (Hamilton) ***

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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