It was a big weekend for Lincoln East 2023 athlete Malachi Coleman. His team had another big win on Thursday night, defeating Millard West 41-10. He got huge news on Friday afternoon when the Huskers offered him a scholarship.
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) October 1, 2021
“I was in school when the offer happened,” Coleman said. “I was in the counselors office and my mom text me to go call Barrett Ruud. I called him and he talked a little bit about they sat down and loved my film. Then he told me they were going to extend the offer. That moment was just amazing. I had no words at that point.”
When Coleman got home he had a big group hug from his family. His parents were so happy for him because they knew how hard he worked to get himself in position for the offer. Coleman stars on both sides of the ball. When it comes to his college position things are up in the air.
The Huskers want to see how he finishes growing. He could play defensive end or outside linebacker in college. He could also end up being a bigger wide receiver. That doesn’t matter to Coleman though because he just wants to help a team win. Coleman has been on campus before as a visitor but things were different now that he has an offer from the team.
“I had a lot of coaches come up and introduce themselves to me and my family,” Coleman said. “We were just constantly talking to coaches. It was nice. A very friendly visit. It was also nice to hang out with the boys like Beni [Ngoyi] and Adonis [Hutchinson]. It was overall just amazing.”
There is a nice bond building between the local 2023 recruits. There are several in-state players on Nebraska’s radar. Coleman said that it’s always fun to hang out with those guys but especially at Memorial Stadium in the “electrifying environment.”
Coleman got to hang out at midfield before the game during warmups. It was the first time he’s been able to do that and it left an impression on him.
“Standing next to all these Husker players was cool,” Coleman said. “Some of them are huge. They were all coming over, high-fiving us and talking to us a little bit. Especially Cam Taylor-Britt. He was very good about that. Everybody was trying to get me to commit. I loved that, knowing they all wanted me there.”
Even with the players making a push for Coleman to commit, he is unsure of his timeline. He going to talk with his family about when they’d like to pick a school. After being out on the field, Coleman got to go into the locker room to observe the team. It was nice to see how the team prepares for a game. The game started fast for the Huskers and then everything kept rolling from there.
“Once we got rolling it was cool,” Coleman said. “[Jaquez] Yant had an amazing game. Everything started clicking over and over and over again. Our defense stepped up like usual. We held them to what seven points? Our offensive line responded well. Martinez had time to throw. We had time to do everything we wanted. It was nice to watch everything unfold.”
The biggest thing Coleman is looking for is feeling at home. He wants to be comfortable no matter where he goes. Academics will also play a role. Coleman wants to major in psychology in college.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithHV) September 24, 2021
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.