Lavon Washington was not the most heralded of the junior prospects visiting California on Saturday, but after speaking with the Bears coaching staff, he found out that he'd been awarded a scholarship offer – his first.
"It was pretty exciting, to be a junior, because I've only gotten started with my football career, so it was really exciting to get an offer from such a big school," Washington said on Sunday evening.
Washington is no stranger to Cal, having watched the Bears during the days of Aaron Rodgers and DeSean Jackson, but his favorite player of all time is one that was in attendance at the spring game on Saturday -- Marshawn Lynch.
"I have a bond with him, and I've worked out with him. He's been a pretty big help," said Washington, who's known Lynch for about two and a half years.
"My coach at McClymonds -- because Marshawn went to Oakland Technical -- so my coach and coach Delton [Edwards] -- the coach at Oakland Tech -- are very close, so Marshawn comes down to see coach Peters, and I'll be there and we'll talk about all sorts of stuff," Washington said.
Though he plays both ways, Washington was offered as a safety by defensive backs coach Randy Stewart.
"They really like the fact that I was a ball hawk," said Washington, who tallied 83 tackles at free safety last season, to go along with two pass deflections and four interceptions. "He's a really, really good coach. I feel that if I choose to go to Cal, then he will further my skills and I think that he'll be a great coach."
Washington also has interest from Arizona State and San Jose State.
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