Lavon Coleman chooses Washington

2012-06-29T22:10:00Z Lavon Coleman chooses WashingtonBy Joe Bailey / Sports Writer / Santa Maria Times

Andrew Jones said he was going to make his choice soon.

I didn’t expect it to be this soon.

Jones, Lompoc High’s third-year football coach, said Friday night that Braves star running back Lavon Coleman has verbally committed to the University of Washington.

Jones said Coleman wanted to make his choice early and he did. Coleman is Washington’s first tailback commitment for the Class of 2013.

“Ultimately he was kinda set on Washington because of the close relationships (running backs) coach (Joel) Thomas and Coach Sark.”

Jones said Coach Steve Sarkisian is brilliant offensively and will find ways to get Lavon involved in the offense.

And with the Huskies lacking an experienced tailback for the upcoming season, it’s not too far of a reach to think Lavon could be getting carries as a true freshman.

Former Lompoc running back Napoleon Kaufman starred with the Braves and then attended UW in 1991 on a full-ride scholarship before starring with the Oakland Raiders. Kaufman still holds many career rushing records at Washington, with 4,106 yards and 34 rushing touchdowns.

Coleman also has scholarship offers from Arizona, Boise St., Cal, Fresno State, Oregon State, San Diego State, UCLA and Washington State. He’s been on USC’s radar recently, but has yet to receive an offer from the Trojans.

Stay tuned for more details.

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About Joe

Been at Santa Maria Times since Aug. of 2010

BIRTHPLACE — Born in Salinas, Calif. Moved to Santa Maria in 1993.

EDUCATION — Tunnell School, from third to eighth grade. Santa Maria High School, Class of 2005. Fresno State, Class of 2010.

EXPERIENCE — News reporter for The Collegian at Fresno State. Sports contributor for the Fresno Bee. Sports Writer at Santa Maria Times since Aug. 2010.

INTERESTS — I enjoy all kinds of sports. Besides football, baseball and basketball I enjoy playing or watching golf, hockey, soccer or even tennis. My favorite sports teams are the Yankees, Rams and the Clippers. Probably not the most beloved teams around here. I also support Fresno State athletics.

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