Demarcus Faison views size as a major factor when it comes to his life on and off the football field.
At 6-foot-5, 185 pounds, Faison is an imposing target at wide receiver for the Cambridge Christian Lancers, but smaller was better when it came to his choice of high schools.
"I was the tallest kid in elementary and middle school and people said I should go out for football," Faison said. "It was either (Cambridge Christian) or Jesuit and I wanted to play football. I thought my chances of playing would be better here because it's a smaller school, and I wanted to help the team. I have started since my freshman year."
Faison, who is a senior, has caught 44 passes and scored eight touchdowns, including four TDs as a freshman, in his high school career. Not gaudy numbers, but enough to attract attention. Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., offered Faison an athletic scholarship and San Diego State University has inquired about him.
"Having size is very good," said Faison. "(Football) comes easier at 6-5. Size is more important than being fast. You can be more versatile with size. I've been blind-sided many times, but I get the ball. I want to be an impact player for my team."
Cambridge coach Bob Dare sees Faison as a key component in his shotgun, spread offense.
"I expect him to dominate on offense; he's definitely a Division I prospect," Dare said about Faison, who also is a defensive back. "He's our No. 1 target. Demarcus has got a pretty good wing span and does a good job of going up, getting the ball in traffic and using his body to shield defenders. He has decent speed and good football sense."
Fasion played with a torn meniscus part of last season, but didn't discover the injury until after competing in the state track meet.
"I hurt it the fourth football game of the season when I made an inappropriate cut, but there wasn't much pain," Faison said. "I was doing the high jump at the state meet and hurt it again."
Fasion had surgery to repair the damage to his knee after the state track meet. He has been rehabilitating it and feels close to being 100 percent physically.