Noa Pola-Gates is a 5-11, 180-pound Safety from Gilbert, AZ.
Watch the senior tape. He pushes guys down, doesn't wrap, jogs half ass to the play too often, not much in the way of explosion, doesn't look particularly fast.
I have no clue why he was rated so high.
Pushing guys over is not the same as dropping the hammer. He doesn't even have a hammer button. How is he supposed to play B1G ball? G5 talent at best IMHO.
Just another example of Frost and staff, chasing stars to boost class rankings, but not finding players to fit into a system and *gasp* develop them.
Small guys have to be dogs. We have had them. Hartzog, Barron Miles. If you are small, you better be smart and quick additionally. Grixby, Bootle, and Mitchell come to mind. But they had corner skills.
If you are 5'11 165, you better be among the fastest on the team.