Malachi Coleman, a talented high school athlete and Nebraska signee, has a unique backstory that includes a challenging childhood and a commitment to helping foster kids. A video of Coleman in his freshman basketball season still sparks debate as to whether it’s real or fake. As the No. 63 overall player in the 2023 Top247, Coleman’s athletic prowess is indisputable. However, his position on the field is less clear, with recruiters divided on whether he should play receiver or edge rusher.
Coleman’s difficult past includes time in the foster care system, during which he and his sister Nevaeh faced abuse and neglect. After being adopted by the Coleman family, Malachi found solace in sports and eventually used his athletic abilities to give back to the foster care system. He partnered with a local restaurant to create a burrito, called the “Giverito,” the proceeds of which go to foster care. Malachi’s foundation, Fly Like Chi, aims to provide kids in foster care with opportunities to participate in sports and other activities.
Choosing to stay close to home, Coleman has committed to the University of Nebraska and hopes to help rebuild their football program. Ultimately, Malachi wants his name to be synonymous with hope for foster kids, showing them that they can overcome adversity and achieve success.