USC, Oregon named finalists for top-100 2023 wide receiver
One of the best receivers in the 2023 cycle has a commitment date in mind and a top seven to focus on until then.
Malachi Coleman, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound wideout from Lincoln (Neb.) East, announced a top seven on Saturday. USC and Oregon made the cut, as did the hometown Huskers, Georgia, Ole Miss, Michigan, and Oklahoma. He is expected to announce his commitment on Oct. 15.
— Malachi Coleman (@ChiColeman23) August 6, 2022
Coleman took an official visit to Nebraska in June. He has a Crystal Ball prediction to Nebraska from 247Sports’ director of recruiting. However, he told On3’s Chad Simmons that wherever he ends up, he wants “to win and play for a winning coaching staff.” That doesn’t exactly describe the Huskers of late.
It does pretty accurately describe Oregon and new USC head coach Lincoln Riley. The Trojans are scheduled to host Coleman on an official visit on Sept. 17. He’ll also take an official to see Ole Miss on Oct. 1.
Coleman rates as a 4-star in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He’s the seventh-ranked athlete—he played both ways for Lincoln East, lining up as a rush end on defense—and the top-ranked recruit from the state of Nebraska. In the overall player rankings, Coleman is viewed as the 89th-best in the 2023 class.
From 247Sports’ Gabe Brooks:
Height, reach, and athleticism foster ball-winning ability on offense. Big-play machine with 33.0 yards per catch and 10 of 17 receptions going for touchdowns. Open-field top gear pulls away from defenders. Rare multi-sport athlete in regards to physical tools and sizzling track data. Posted at least 10 sub-11.00 100s and at least four sub-22.00 200s in junior track season. Ripped PRs of 10.46 and 21.31, along with a 46+ triple jump. Qualified for state in all three events, finishing second in the 100 and 200 and third in the (triple jump). Also plays basketball. Unique, high-ceiling football player with outstanding athleticism and physical tools. May need some time to physically and technically develop, but potential is through the roof. Projects as a high-major recruit with the long-term upside to get drafted, possibly in the top half.
You can view Coleman’s highlight tape below, via Hudl: