Malachi Coleman is the top-ranked recruit in the state of Nebraska in the 2023 cycle. It would be a significant recruiting win for Scott Frost’s program if the Cornhuskers can fend off the likes of Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, USC and others to sign Coleman. A recent quote from Coleman, however, shows that he won’t put state pride ahead of program success.

Coleman discussed his recruitment with Evan Bland of the Omaha World-Herald. The Lincoln East standout made it clear to Bland that he wants to play for a successful, stable team.

“If you can’t put it together then I’m not going to go to your school,” Coleman told the Omaha World-Herald. “I want to have a good football team. I don’t want to go somewhere that doesn’t know how to get it done. I want to go somewhere I know is going to be stable.”

On Saturday, Coleman named a top 7 of Nebraska, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon and USC. He was a full-time 2-way player in 2021 at wide receiver and defensive end. As a 2-way standout, Coleman is rated 4-stars, the No. 7 ATH and No. 89 prospect overall in the class of 2023 on the 247Sports composite rankings.

Coleman is pledged to play in the 2023 All-American Bowl at wide receiver after his senior season. Per Bland, Nebraska is recruiting him as a wide receiver. He’s set to be committing on Oct. 15, the day of Nebraska’s seventh game of the 2022 season.

It looks like the start to Nebraska’s 2022 season could be very important in landing one of its top targets.