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Nebraska Recruiting: Decision Week Nears For Lincoln East’s Malachi Coleman

October 09, 2022

Malachi Coleman’s decision date looms.

The Lincoln East standout will make his commitment announcement on Saturday, Oct. 22, at East during the Huskers’ bye week. Coleman announced in July that he was moving his announcement up a week to Oct. 15 before pushing it back.

The nation’s No. 4-ranked athlete, according to On3, and 4-star receiver/defender took his only official visit so far to Nebraska back in June. He was scheduled to visit Miami this past weekend for the North Carolina game but the Hurricanes effectively canceled.

Coleman tweeted his pleasure at Nebraska’s resurgence since the bye week. It’s the same photo he used when Mickey Joseph took over as interim head coach. Joseph and assistant coach Bryan Applewhite were at Seacrest Field to watch Coleman during Lincoln East’s win over Lincoln Northwest a day after the Oklahoma game.

Nebraska has emerged at the front of the pack for Coleman’s college destination. He previously listed Oklahoma, Oregon, Miami, Georgia, Michigan, USC and Mississippi with Nebraska in his top eight.

He sat out Friday’s game against Lincoln High due to injury. He’s caught four touchdowns in five games so far while also returning a kickoff for a touchdown. In those five games he’s also tallied 23 tackles.

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Bellevue West junior Isaiah McMorris gained some national attention for one his touchdown catches in the Battle For Bellevue. McMorris, a Nebraska target, leaped over one defender for a catch at the 2 and eluded the safety to get in the end zone. A video of that catch taken by Peter Burtnett of the Bellevue Leader circulated and wound up on ESPN’s “You Got Mossed” segment of its NFL Sunday preview show.

The “You Got Mossed” segment involves the roundtable of hosts, including Randy Moss, highlighting notable college and high school catches across the country. Mostly, the ridiculous poster-style catches Moss was known for.

Texas Tech extended McMorris his first Division I offer last week. Nebraska continues to recruit him and invited him to multiple games this season. McMorris scored two touchdowns in Bellevue West’s win. Thunderbirds junior quarterback Daniel Kaelin, also targeted by Nebraska, threw four touchdowns.

Aurora’s Carlos Collazo ran for 173 yards and three touchdowns in the first half of the Huskies’ blowout win. This came a week after rushing for a school record 299 yards. Nebraska sent him game day invitations earlier this season.

Ainsworth continued its historic undefeated start with a 36-30 win over St. Mary’s last week. That secured a district title for the Bulldogs and the first 7-0 start in school history. Junior Carter Nelson, who received a scholarship offer from Duke last week, leads Ainsworth. Through seven games Nelson has 490 rushing yards, 522 passing yards, 428 receiving yards and 31 total touchdowns with 34 tackles and four interceptions.

Fran Brown Jr. of Lenape High School in New Jersey increased his season totals in tackles (42) and interceptions (2) last week. Nebraska extended the senior a scholarship offer last week. He is the son of Georgia defensive backs coach Fran Brown.

ICYMI

>> Nebraska’s 14-13 win over Rutgers brought positives and points of improvement.

>> Husker fans can relieve the win in New Jersey through Hail Varsity’s photo gallery.

>> Purdue is a double-digit favorite over Nebraska in the initial betting line.

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