Coleman set to sign with UW

While other recruits around him took official visits while maintaining a verbal commitment to a certain school, Lavon Coleman remained patient. But this last weekend was the last chance for recruits looking to sign Wednesday to check out their options, and that's just what the 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back from Lompoc, Calif. did.

"I went up to Fresno State on an official just to visit - meet with the coaches and hang out with the players…just doing an official," Coleman told Monday afternoon. "Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian) and the (Washington) coaches knew about it and they weren't concerned about anything."

How did Coleman find his visit to the Central Valley? "I liked the players…I loved hanging out with those guys," he said. "Fresno is a real cool place. It's warm, warmer than Lompoc. It's a nice place but it smells like cow poop."

Even though Coleman has been verbally committed to Washington for the better part of six months, the Bulldogs have kept in touch. "They want another running back," he said. "They need someone to fill in. (Ryan) Matthews is gone and Robbie Rouse is leaving this year. They told me there should be no reason if I go there that I shouldn't be playing. The only thing prohibiting me from playing is myself if I don't work hard enough."

Once Coleman returned to Lompoc he had some thinking to do. So where is he at with the recruiting process now that he's had a chance to visit more than one college?

"Washington," he said, matter of factly.

Coleman confirmed that he's spoken to the UW staff since returning from his Fresno State trip. "I talked with coach (Johnny) Nansen," he said. "We just went over things a little bit."

With Signing Day less than 48 hours away, Coleman clued us in to how his day is going to go. "I'm gonna go sign and then go back to class," he said. "That's my thing, but you know family…they want to have the announcement with my friends and my family behind me and all that."

Coleman added that he expects to sign around 11:40 in the morning. "I'm gonna wait until lunch," he said.

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