LINCOLN, Neb. -- One of the highest profile in-state football recruits in Nebraska history has de-committed from the Huskers.

Lincoln East standout Malachi Coleman announced via Twitter on Thursday that he is reopening his recruitment following the recent coaching changes at Nebraska.


"I would love to thank all the coaches and staff at Nebraska that recruited me and believed in me," Coleman's tweet read. "It's been a long journey and my story will not end here. With the recent changes to the Nebraska coaching staff, I would like to take a step back and reevaluate Nebraska and other schools."

Coleman committed to Nebraska in October under then-head coach Mickey Joseph, who was serving in an interim role.

New head coach Matt Rhule was introduced earlier this week, and he had not yet officially announced whether or not he would be retaining Joseph on staff prior to Joseph's arrest for alleged assault and strangulation on Wednesday.

Neither Rhule nor athletic director Trev Alberts has offered public comment on Joseph's status since Joseph's arrest, other than Alberts stating on Wednesday that Joseph is now on administrative leave.

Coleman has led Lincoln East to consecutive playoff appearances, despite battling injuries in his senior season. In 2021, he paced the Spartans with 571 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.