SEATTLE -- Anxious, by definition, means to worry, be uneasy, or nervous about a situation. For Lompoc, California Senior Lavon Coleman it's the anxiousness that comes with every high school athlete's dream; playing on the next level.
He calls it "competitive anxiousness".
Coleman, a 5-foot-11, 207-pound running back out of Lompoc High School in Lompoc, California, is the second Brave to attend Washington. The last to do so was Napoleon Kaufman, who was one of if not the best running back in Husky history.
Like Kaufman, Coleman also runs track in addition to football for Lompoc and recently concluded his track career at the C.I.F Southern Sectional Prelims. This season Coleman was a part of the 4x1, and 4x4 team in addition to competing in shot put.
Over the course of his high school career Coleman has competed in 100-meter dash, 110-meter hurdles, 200-meter dash and long jump before competing in shot put this year.
With three weeks remaining until graduation now Coleman remains focused on staying in shape and preparing for the journey ahead.
"Just finish strong and stay on shape" he said of his focus now heading into the summer and fall. Coleman also said he talks all the time with running back coach Johnny Nansen and head coach "Steveo" Steve Sarkisian.
The Huskies coaches have reiterated a strong academic focus to finish out the year.
In terms of his academic standing with the NCAA Coleman said he's simply waiting to get the green light from the board. However, he made it clear that there is no issue with him getting cleared on time.
The program allows the recently signed players to get a feel for what their next four years will be like, including classes and learning the metro bus system in Seattle.
Student athletes earn six college credits as a part of the leap program, without "the pressure of athletics".
So while Coleman might not be what Napoleon Kaufman was to Washington just quite yet, he's definitely ready to be a Husky.
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