The secret is out on Lincoln East 4-star athlete Malachi Coleman.
Coleman (6-5, 180) was one of Nebraska’s breakout prospects as a junior during the 2021 season. He became a strong regional recruit while posting 561 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 57 tackles, seven-and-a-half sacks and four forced fumbles. The offer from Nebraska came on Oct. 1 2021. Kansas State, Minnesota, Maryland and Kansas soon followed.
On March 19, 2022, the game changed.
That’s when the 2021 national champion Georgia Bulldogs offered Coleman.
Coleman was a top performer at the Pylon Atlanta 7-on-7 tournament the week Georgia offered, but Coach Kirby Smart’s staff had already been made aware of Coleman before that tournament. When he turned heads at the tournament and took a visit to Georgia that weekend he landed the offer. That exposure Coleman got with Nebraska Elite was crucial to help his recruitment go to the next level.
Nebraska Elite coach Araf Evans explained what makes Coleman such a coveted prospect. It goes beyond his physical gifts.
“He’s selfless. There are very few adolescent young men who don’t put themselves first when they’re thinking about things,” Evans said.
“I think he has more value off the field than he does on the field, just by his power and presence in helping others. I know that’s very important for any organization. That’s a kid that I want on my team. I don’t care who you are but when you see a person like that you know he’s definitely going to be a leader and he’s definitely going to do the right things and represent your organization well. I can’t speak highly enough of that kid and their family.”
Coleman has used Name, Image and Likeness to give back. He spent his spring break doing something different than most of his classmates. Coleman held a three-day camp titled ‘Fly Like Chi.’ It included some agility and strength training activities. Coleman also played games with the kids at the camp. The proceeds from that event will go to a local foster care system.
Things figure to only expand from here both on and off the field for Coleman. He recently was invited to the All-American Bowl in San Antonio. The game is held in early January and routinely has many top recruits from around the country.
The Lincoln East star is a unique talent on the field. It’s still not decided which position he will play in college. Many teams including Georgia are recruiting him at outside linebacker. Some schools like him at tight end. Others believe he will be a wide receiver in college.
That’s where the Huskers currently project him. It’s good for Nebraska that wide receivers coach Mickey Joseph has struck a quick relationship with him. That started from their first meeting.
“He was straight to the point of nobody is going to have a better relationship with me and nobody is going to be as open and honest as him,” Coleman said in January. “I loved that. He said that I’m a priority to them. He’s going to make sure everything is fine and I come to Nebraska. He was personable and easy to talk to and made me feel even more wanted at Nebraska, even though we don’t know what I’m going to play yet.”
We don’t know where Coleman will spend three to five years after graduating from Lincoln East. It’s a safe bet that we aren’t done hearing about big things from him no matter where he goes.
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.