Huskies hold #1 spot for Cali tailback

Lompoc (Ca.) RB Lavon Coleman took a visit to Washington last month and enjoyed himself so much that the Huskies occupy the top spot on his list. got the scoop on what it was that he enjoyed so much about his trip to Montlake as well as when he plans to make a decision...

"It was great up there," Coleman said when asked about his visit. "It was a little more windy than I had expected and the flying, that definitely wasn't my favorite part, especially the landing, but I had a great time and I really love everything about Washington."

When pressed for reasons that the Huskies made such a big impression on him, Coleman didn't hesitate on his list.

"I'd say first off, it's coach (Joel) Thomas. I love coach Thomas and the way he coaches and handles his players," Coleman said. "I also just really like him as a person. He's a really great guy.

"As far as the program, I loved the way the coaches bonded with the players, the way they coach and their enthusiasm. I also really like the way they run the ball. It fits my style perfectly. They just had a running back go to the league (Chris Polk) and they have a great offense.

"The school and the campus are great too. They have great libraries there, they have an area where they have these trees with white blossoms that form a 'W' which I thought was really cool. It's a nice area and I know I'd be safe there.

"Overall, I'd say it has everything I'm looking for in a school."

In addition to his visit to Washington, Coleman has also visited USC and UCLA and he currently has offers from the Huskies and Bruins as well as Fresno State, Hawaii, Washington State, Arizona, Utah, Boise State and Oregon State.

"I had good visits all the way around," Coleman said. "I visited SC before and then UCLA right after I saw Washington, so it was good to compare.

"Washington is still number one for me. I really like them a lot, but I probably won't make a decision until I take some visits. I won't say after my season is over, I'd like to make a decision before that, but it won't be before my season for sure because I want to take my visits."

We will continue to keep track of Coleman's progress over the next few months and will update news as it happens.

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