Before Nebraska (Williams Field HS)
Noa Pola-Gates was regarded as one of the nation’s best safeties and top overall players in the 2019 recruiting class. Pola-Gates starred for Williams Field High School in Arizona, where he was selected for the 2019 Army All-American Bowl and the Polynesian Bowl.
As a senior in 2018, Pola-Gates was an All-Arizona selection after helping the Black Hawks to an 11-2 record and a trip to the Arizona 5A semifinals. He recorded 57 tackles with one tackle for loss and had five interceptions and seven pass breakups on defense and had 743 all-purpose yards, including three receptions for 200 yards and three touchdowns and 15 carries for 139 yards.
Pola-Gates also helped Williams Field to the state playoffs as a junior in 2017, when he was an honorable-mention all-state pick after registering 46 tackles, three pass breakups and three interceptions, returning those three picks for 145 yards. He had 199 rushing yards and three touchdowns on offense as a junior, while also catching nine passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns and totaling more than 800 all-purpose yards. Pola-Gates was a key member of the Black Hawks’ 14-0 state championship team in 2016, when he totaled 62 tackles, two interceptions and three breakups as a sophomore.
Pola-Gates was a consensus four-star recruit who was ranked as the No. 3 player in the state of Arizona by 247Sports and was regarded as the No. 11 safety in the country. Overall, Pola-Gates was ranked among the top 150 recruits in the nation by 247Sports, the 247Sports Composite rankings and by Rivals, which listed Pola-Gates as the No. 116 overall player in the nation. Pola-Gates had offers from several of the top programs, but chose Nebraska after also visiting Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and Penn State.
Pola-Gates' cousin, Keana Pola, is a freshman with the Nebraska softball team. Pola-Gates is also the nephew of former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.