Former Lompoc High football star Lavon Coleman is living two lives now: The life of a college graduate and the life of an aspiring NFL draft pick.
The former Brave and Washington Husky says he’s now graduated from college with a degree in Anthropology, and is preparing for the NFL Draft that is set for April 26-28.
Coleman, who hung out with his family last Friday to watch younger brother Leondre play basketball against Nipomo, gleamed at the fact that he finished his degree – and hopes that accomplishment sets the bar for the rest of his younger siblings.
“It feels good. I’m the second in my family to graduate from college but I’m the first in my immediate family to graduate. It feels good to go there and get my education and put it in the house for my parents to see it,” Coleman said. “Plus it sets the stage for my brothers and sisters to know what they really need to go for in life.”
While splitting time with Myles Gaskin this past season, Coleman rumbled to 407 yards, four touchdowns and an average of 4.6 yards per carry for Washington, which finished the season at 10-3 overall. The 6-foot, 209-pound Coleman accumulated 2,000 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns in his four years of action in the Pacific Northwest.
Coleman said he’s been in Southern California to help prepare for his possible NFL future.
“I’m signed with an agent and I’ve been training down in Orange County with a company called Athletic Republic (located in Santa Ana),” Coleman said. “Our pro day is March 10 (at UW), so I’ll go up there and perform. Even if I did get invited to the combine (starts Feb. 27 and ends on March 5), I’ll still go back to UW (for pro day) and get a little bit more training to get better.”
While Coleman said he’s yet to hear from any NFL owners or general managers, he does have interest in playing for one AFC South team.
“Anybody that calls, I’m going. Although, the Houston Texans will be a fun choice to play for because they’re a pro style offense and they haven’t really strayed away from that much,” Coleman said. “Plus Deshaun Watson is down there. So is De’Andre Hopkins. You’ve got an air raid and a quarterback – so there’s a lot of things you can mix it up with. If you can get a good running game down there, it’ll be fun.”
According to NFL scouting websites walterfootball.com and draftwire.usatoday.com, the 2013 LHS graduate Coleman is ranked No. 22 among the best running back prospects in the 2018 draft. Coleman concludes that regardless of where he ends up come April, he looks back at his time in a Brave and Husky uniform with fond memories.
“The journey was well worth it. I look back at my city and say ‘This is where I came from. This is where I started.’ And I never forget it,” Coleman said.