Nebraska Football Recruiting: Mickey Joseph poised to get first commit

Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph speaks to the media (Kayla Wolf-USA TODAY Sports)
Nebraska Cornhuskers interim head coach Mickey Joseph speaks to the media (Kayla Wolf-USA TODAY Sports) /

While the Huskers are not playing a game today, Nebraska football recruiting could get a rather big win. That’s because one of the biggest and most sought-after recruits of the 2023 class is announcing his commitment on Saturday. While it’s a bit of an uphill climb for the Cornhuskers, it’s still believed that Malachi Coleman will announce his pledge to Nebraska, marking the first official commitment of the Mickey Joseph era.

The Lincoln East athlete is a four-star player in the 2023 class, according to On3. He’s also the top player in the state for the class. He’s getting national attention, too, as he’s considered the number two athlete and the 70th-ranked player overall.

It’s his high profile, combined with the uncertain state of the Nebraska football program, that is causing some to wonder if Malachi Coleman might eventually pull the trigger for another school while still being a 99 percent certainty for Husker Online.

The Nebraska football recruiting target has a final six that he’ll be officially announcing from on Saturday evening. In addition to the Huskers, the Oklahoma Sooners, Oregon Ducks, Georgia Bulldogs, Michigan Wolverines and Ole Miss are in the running.

That’s certainly an impressive group of schools that Joseph is trying to fend off. However, it appears he’s got the inside track thanks to a relationship he started building even before he took over the head coaching duties. Over the summer, Coleman made it clear that the former wide receivers coach and now an odds-on favorite among some to get the permanent job was like a “father figure” for the player.

Of course, there is uncertainty there as well. If the Lincoln East product picks the Cornhuskers, and Joseph isn’t named “the man,” then what happens with the commitment? It’s almost certainly something Coleman has thought about and considered.

One of the reasons why the Nebraska football team and fans want to land him so desperately is because he stands out not just because of his talent but because he has a very good head on his shoulders.

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He’ll use that head to decide where he’s going to spend the next few years at 5 pm at Lincoln East. Those following Nebraska football recruiting are hoping he decides to stay in Lincoln.