DAVIS, Calif. - Colton Lamson, a 2015 graduate of Union Mine High School and more recently a defensive lineman for Sacramento City College, has signed his grant-in-aid agreement to play football for UC Davis, announced head coach Dan Hawkins on Tuesday. He is expected to enroll with the university for the 2017 fall quarter.
Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 235 pounds, Lamson recorded 24 tackles with 2.5 for losses during his redshirt freshman season at Sac City. He notched a five-yard sack in the Panthers' Nov. 5 win over Feather River College, then earned a season-best six stops in the State Center Bowl victory against Diablo Valley College two weeks later. However, Lamson intends to switch to offensive line with the Aggies.
Lamson previously lettered in both football and baseball at Union Mine HS in nearby El Dorado Hills. He garnered first-team All-Sierra Valley Conference honors as a tight end and defensive end during his senior year under head coach Davy Johnson. Lamson logged 36 tackles with a sack, a hurry and two passes defended that year, while serving as a team captain. In fact, he demonstrated his leadership off the field as well: he served as class president during his junior and senior years at UHMS.
Academically, Lamson was a four-year scholar-athlete in high school, then added similar honors while at Sac City. His father, Jeff Lamson, played tight end for Washington State during the mid-1980s.
UC Davis, which announced a record recruiting class during last February's signing period, enters its first season under Hawkins' watch. The Aggies will open on September 2 at San Diego State.