West Orange junior defensive lineman Lexan Coleman shines at USA Football camp in Ohio.
After a strong showing at a local camp at Celebration High earlier this year, West Orange rising junior Lexan Coleman was invited to a USA Football camp at in Canton, Ohio, to hone his skills. Coleman did so well, in fact, that he was recognized as the Defensive Lineman MVP for the event July 1.
What was it like to be recognized at the USA Football camp?
It was amazing, with all the hard work I put in. Last year, I didn’t do so good (at the camp), but this year I just pushed forward and got better. I just tried my hardest every play.
What have you learned by participating in the camps?
I’ve learned different techniques and how to do stuff better — the stance, what to read from the offensive lineman, and to shuffle down with them when they go down the line.
What was your favorite memory from West Orange’s 2017 season?
My favorite memory was running down the field and chasing a guy down 40 yards for a tackle.
Who were upperclassmen teammates who you looked up to as an underclassman?
Tre Jackson and Julian Pittman. I just like their leadership and I always had a connection with them.
Which game are you looking forward to the most this fall?
Windermere. I’ve got friends on the team and it’s a rivalry.
What was your favorite memory from playing youth football for the Ocoee Cardinals?
Going to Nationals and getting to skip a couple days of school while playing a sport I love.
How do you approach each play, pre-snap?
I always have two moves in my head. If one doesn’t work, I’ll do the other one, and I approach every play like it’s the last play of the season — all-out.
Are there any professional players you try to emulate?
Fletcher Cox (Philadelphia Eagles) and J.J. Watt (Houston Texans).
What is your favorite video game?
Right now, it would be “NBA 2K” and maybe “Fortnite.” My favorite team to play with in “NBA 2K” is the Philadelphia 76ers, because my family is from Philly.
What do you want to do when you get older?
To work in the medical field with athletes.
Where would you go if you could travel anywhere?
Probably overseas, London. I like the way the culture is.