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McKewon: Three takes on Malachi Coleman committing to Nebraska

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On a new episode of the Pick Six Podcast, Tom Shatel and Sam McKewon discuss how big a priority is it to keep Mickey Joseph if he is not the next head coach. They also ponder if a coach would rather stay in a future one bid big 12 conference or try to win their way to the top 2 of a multi-bid Big Ten. They also compare the talent of Nebraska roster to Creighton.

Nebraska landed Lincoln East receiver Malachi Coleman on Saturday. Three takes on the decision of the 6-foot-5, 205-pounder: 

Mickey Joseph for the win

The Husker interim coach had his hooks in Coleman over the summer, providing as many opportunities as possible for him to attend practice, see the program and more.

Without Joseph, Coleman may have headed to one of the many top schools — Michigan, Georgia and Miami among them — that pursued him.

Coleman becomes the first consensus Top 100 player in the 2023 class, and he knows plenty about the program, too.

Joseph, not a secret keeper, has made sure of that.

Coleman may well go where Joseph goes, if the coach doesn't stay on at Nebraska in some capacity. 

In football, speed kills, and Coleman has speed to burn

Any 6-5 guy who can run a 10.5-second 100-meter dash can at least try out for collegiate wide receiver, and Coleman has the hands to go with the speed.

Nebraska fans sees what speed does when it's Trey Palmer running by a Purdue defensive back; Coleman has the skillset to do that, too.

He has averaged more than 20 yards per catch for the Spartans and caught a touchdown on roughly one-third of his receptions.

Joseph can hone Coleman's route-running craft. Coleman has the raw tools.

Among in-state recruits, a good 2023 run, and Nebraska's probably not done

With Coleman's commit, Nebraska has seven of the top 10 prospects in the state, according to 247Sports Composite, and four of the top five.

Gretna lineman Mason Goldman, who also has a NU offer, could commit to Nebraska, as well, giving the Huskers eight in-state commits for this cycle.

It's rare, post-Frank Solich, for NU to have this kind of haul from inside its borders but, so long as Joseph is retained in some part to the staff, it's likely all commits become signees in December. 

- and Top 100 national prospect - 

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Sam covers Nebraska football, recruiting, women's basketball and more for The World-Herald and HuskerExtra. Follow him on Twitter @swmckewonOWH. Email:

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