Vandebilt Catholic running back Jaylon Coleman caught the attention of NFL player and Houma native Elijah McGuire on Friday.
Coleman finished with three touchdown passes and 150 yards in a 38-20 victory over 8-4A district rival South Lafourche at Buddy Marcello Stadium on Friday.
McGuire, a former Vandebilt and Louisiana-Lafayette backer who now plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, watched a clip of Coleman’s 20-yard run against South Lafourche on Twitter.
McGuire, who led the state with 2,603 yards and 31 touchdowns as a senior trainer at Vandebilt in 2013, said it brought back memories. McGuire and Coleman both played college football in freshman grades.
“(Jaylon) reminds me so much of myself in high school with the exact same school,” McGuire wrote on his Twitter account.
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The 5-foot-9, 150-pound Coleman ran over 400 yards and 10 touchdowns in his freshman in 2021. He has an offer from Florida Atlantic University.
Coleman said McGuire is one of his role models. He used to watch the NFL star play Vandebilt when he was young and now he wants to follow in his footsteps. McGuire is in his fifth season in the NFL. He won a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs in 2019.
“I admire him a lot from everything I’ve seen of him on and off the field,” said Coleman. “He’s a great example to me. He’s done a lot of things here at Vandebilt, so I’m trying to do that too. He paved the way for me.
Coleman said his offensive lineman deserves praise for helping him succeed early in his high school career. The Terriers’ five starting offensive linemen are Carson Doiron, Landon Thibodaux, Kade Campbell, Robert Clement and Ryan Hazzard. He also credited Vandebilt quarterback Dominic Archilia, running back Kameron Harris and receivers Jean-Luc Lapeyre and Diego Archila.
“It’s not just me. It’s the direct line and the receivers, ”Coleman said. “They do their thing. They block and get a good push up front. It helps us in the backfield.
“When I do good, they will do good. You just have to respect our offense. You just have to respect all of us on the pitch at all times. You can’t forget any of us or we’ll make you pay for it.
Vandebilt coach Tommy Minton said Coleman and the Terriers offense have been playing well lately. They are averaging 42 points per game over their four-game winning streak. They rose to first place in the District 8-4A standings and can win the District Championship with a victory over Morgan City on November 5.
“Jaylon is a very talented kid. You don’t put age on athletic ability, ”Minton said. “He’s a freshman at school, but he’s a very talented kid. He uses these talents. He is a very humble child. He realizes that without his line blocking for him there is not much he can do. He did a good job.
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