Lompoc’s Coleman named MVP

Lompoc High running back Lavon Coleman (1) carries the ball during the Braves’ 23-15 victory over Santa Ynez on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011.

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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.