Nebraska Football Recruiting: Malachi Coleman becomes first Mickey Joseph era commit

(Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports)
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Nebraska football might not have been on the field on Saturday, but it still managed to get a win and the first official commit of the Mickey Joseph era. On Saturday evening, 4-star prospect Malachi Coleman officially announced that he committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

The athlete certainly made a spectacle of his announcement. Coleman held an event at his Lincoln East school where several speakers talked about where Malachi started and where he’s gone since that beginning. They painted a picture of a young man that is certainly impressive both on and off the field.

On the field, the Lincoln East product is rated as the top player in the state of Nebraska by all of the major recruiting services and is among the Top 100 players in the class. That’s one of the reasons that Nebraska football recruiting watchers have been waiting for bated breath for this announcement.

Considering the schools that the Nebraska football team was squaring off against, there was reason to be more than a little nervous. Coleman had a bit of fun with those who might have been worried he wasn’t going to be a Husker by picking up a couple of different hats before laughing, smiling, and shaking his head no.

Eventually, he did land on the hat that Nebraska football recruiting watchers were desperate to see him grab while proclaiming, “I’m staying home.”

There is one big question that’s left to be answered when it comes to big-time commitment. That is where he’ll end up playing for the Nebraska football team. In high school, he’s excelled at both defensive back and wide receiver.

It seems as though it’s a very close race as to whether he’ll play on offense or defense. There is also going to be a question, considering how close he is to Mickey Joseph, what happens if the Nebraska football team gets a different head coach by the end of the year.