Three-star defensive tackle Noa Ngalu is more than just the teammate of four-star linebacker Daniel Hemimuli at Menlo-Atherton (Bay Area), he is a beast with immense strength and one of the more underrated players in this years’ class of Husky commits. Ngalu committed to the UW over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Utah and WSU, among others.
At 6’ 2” and 280 pounds, it’s easy to see Ngalu adding some size over a couple of seasons before getting much action on the field. Given his frame, it seems like he’ll develop into a 0-technique (nose tackle). That said, he’s strong enough and has enough quick twitch in him to also potentially play as a 4/5-tech.
Ngalu is a good enough athlete that even at 280 lbs he was given the ball out of the backfield and was a very capable runner. While he played some offense, including mostly offensive guard, Ngalu puts on a show on defense. From an interior line position, he has great field vision and patience, which pairs well with a great motor that allows him to always be in on a play. On top of that, he tackles well and really brings the thunder when he lays into ball carriers, dropping most guys on contact. His strength is apparent not only when shedding blocks, but also when he gets his hands on ball carriers he can throw them to the ground. I’m excited to see what the future holds for this young husky pup.
Be sure to check out Noa’s film on Hudl to study up on what skills the newest Dawg brings to Montlake.