Nebraska may benefit from a strange turn of events on the recruiting trail.
Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman was scheduled to visit Miami this weekend for the Hurricanes’ game against North Carolina on Saturday. But the Hurricanes altered plans earlier this week. Then the nation’s No. 2-ranked athlete cleared the air on Twitter.
“To clarify they canceled on me,” he said.
Miami, Oklahoma and Oregon are among Coleman’s top choices. The Spartans’ standout attended all four Nebraska home games so far this season.
To clarify they canceled on me. https://t.co/H3g6SQDEFS
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) October 3, 2022
Coleman previously moved his commitment date to Oct. 15, when the Huskers will be in West Lafayette, Ind., for the Purdue game.
He’s experienced blanketed coverages this year, thus drawing less targets. So far this season he’s still managed 23 catches for 267 yards and four touchdowns. He’s also tallied 23 total tackles and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
Nebraska extended a scholarship offer to Millard North linebacker Caden VerMaas. The Mustangs sophomore received game day invitations throughout this season.
He’s the first MIllard North linebacker to receive a scholarship offer from the Huskers since Sean Fisher.
Blessed to say I have received my 1st offer from the University of Nebraska‼️#GBR🔴⚪️🌽@SeanDillonNU @coachwilhite @BryanApplewhite @HuskerHep @Husker247BC @BarrettRuud @Sean_Callahan @CoachPerrone pic.twitter.com/EKBB0Mr1kJ
— Caden VerMaas (@Caden_Vermaas) October 3, 2022
VerMaas leads the team in tackles and forced fumbles (2), while allowing just one reception in coverage. He played offense only on Friday against Millard West, tallying 156 rushing yards and a touchdown on 21 carries, 45 receiving yards on three catches and a two returns for a combined 90 yards.
Millard North junior linebacker also appeared at Memorial Stadium for the Oklahoma game while receiving game day invitations from North Dakota State, Kansas State and South Dakota State.
Gretna senior Korver Demma tallied 10 tackles in the Dragons’ come from behind win over Bellevue West last week. Demma is one of a handful of Nebraska targets from that game. The outside linebacker has also gained interest from South Dakota and South Dakota State.
Nebraska also recently offered junior college prospect Keyshawn Blackstock from Coffeyville CC in Kansas. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman also received an offer from Florida earlier this month. He’s an offensive line prospect that’s played defense in two games and managed one tackle.
A swath of Michigan and Tennessee recruits watched Nebraska’s win over Indiana from the sidelines. Three-star athlete Marcus Goree, unranked Caleb Ellison, 4-star cornerback Jaylen Thompson, 3-star safety Stephen Ellison, 4-star running back/safety Boo Carter, 3-star linebacker Jeremiah Beasley and 4-star athlete Jacob Oden chatted during the visit to Lincoln.
Goree is from Cleveland, Tennessee, Carter is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, Oden is from Detroit and Beasley is from Belleville, Michigan, while Thompson and Caleb and Stephen Ellison are from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Nebraska still secured a commitment for its 2023 recruiting class since 4-star Cameron Lenhardt on Aug. 23. Lenhardt subsequently reopened his commitment after the team parted ways with former defensive coordinator Erik Chinander.
With consecutive weeks on the road and another bye upcoming, the Huskers can next invite recruits to Memorial Stadium on Oct. 29 when Illinois comes to Lincoln.
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