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With the loss of running backs coach Joel Thomas to Arkansas, the Huskies have some work to do to keep this four-star tailback Lavon Coleman in their 2013 recruiting class.
"I saw last week that coach Thomas was leaving for Arkansas," Coleman told Dawgman.com. "I really liked him a lot and felt we had a bond, so I'm going to keep an open mind about recruiting now.
"I'm still committed to Washington, but I want to see who they hire on as the running backs coach. It isn't just about the coach, but if I have to be coached by a guy for four years, I want to know who it is going to be before I sign because if I don't get along with him or whatever, then I might need to look somewhere else."
Coleman has spoken to the Husky staff, particularly Tosh Lupoi, and they have assured him that nothing will change as far as philosophy and the offense.
"He and I talked for a while about (Thomas) leaving and he said that it's still the same staff and they still will run the same offense," Coleman said. "It helped to talk to them about it, but I still want to see who they end up hiring."
Coleman has maintained from the time of his commitment in June that he planned to take some visits and he said that still is his intention.
"I'm definitely visiting Washington. That one will be on January 18th," Coleman noted. "I'm going to set up visits with Utah, UCLA and California most likely.
"Like I said, I just need to make sure I made the right choice since the coach I was going to play for isn't there anymore."
Coleman missed several weeks of his senior season due to a deep thigh bruise, but still managed to rush for 887 yards and nine touchdowns while helping to lead the Braves to a 12-1 record.
We will continue to keep track of Coleman through the recruiting process and will update news as it happens with him.
Lavon Coleman Scout Profile