Four-star defensive tackle Matthew Pola-Mao is a West Coast-based star getting serious looks from major Pac-12 programs. Hoping to get such a talented lineman, the Nebraska Cornhuskers have now joined the fray.
According to the the Omaha World-Herald, Nebraska sent two defensive coaches to Pola-Mao’s school in Arizona to “show some love” to the four-star prospect.
In an interview with the publication afterwards, Pola-Mao spoke glowingly about Nebraska.
“It was like, ‘Oh, Nebraska. Shoot, Nebraska’s on the radar,'” Pola-Mao said. “It’s pretty cool; I like them.”
The Cornhuskers will have plenty of work ahead of them if they want to pry Pola-Mao from the west coast though. 247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions give Pola-Mao a 67-percent chance of going to Arizona State and a 33-percent chance of going to USC.
Nebraska already has an offer in place for Pola-Mao’s cousin, Noa Pola-Gates, who has already visited the school. Another cousin, Keana Pola, is already enrolled in Nebraska for softball.
As of writing, Pola-Mao has not made any official visits, but USC will likely be in the running.
Pola-Mao is the nephew of NFL legend Troy Polamalu, who played at USC before his long career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His brother, Isaiah, is currently enrolled there.