Feb 6, 2013 5:26 PM by Andrew Masuda
Lavon Coleman verbally committed to the University of Washington football program last summer, but the Lompoc High running back made that official on Wednesday by signing his national letter of intent.
The 6-0, 210 pound Coleman underwent an injury-plagued senior season. Despite missing five games with a thigh injury, Coleman still managed to rush for 887 yards on 128 carries and score 9 total touchdowns. He averaged 6.93 yards per carry and 111 yards per game for the Braves, who finished 12-1 and lost in the CIF semifinals. They still won 32-straight games until they lost to Serra, the eventual CIF State champion, in the CIF semifinals.
Coleman was instrumental in leading the Braves to a 14-0 record and second-straight CIF title his junior season. Coleman rushed for 2,038 yards on 295 carries and scored 26 touchdowns. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry and nearly 160 yards on the ground per game.
Coleman said even though UW was his first official recruiting visit, he knew it was the right place for him to go.
"I like the type of offense they run. I like (Steve) Sarkisian, the coaching staff a lot. I liked a couple of players I was up there with when I was on my official. I like the people around it and the school is a beautiful campus and a beautiful place," said Coleman moments before signing his letter of intent.
The Washington Huskies are coming off a 7-6 season that ended with a loss to Boise State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. The program will unveil a newly renovated Husky Stadium in the 2013 season that features $250 million worth in renovations.
Lavon is following in the footsteps of former Lompoc alum Napolean Kaufman, who went on to have a record-setting career as a running back at Washington before he played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders.
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