San Diego is one of the most breathtaking cities in the world, and in recruiting circles it's often home to some of the top players in California. Take San Diego University High running back Demetrius Sumler for example. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound running back is on pace to break the city rushing record and is taking the breath away of many college coaches.
"I feel like I can be an every down back with power," Sumler said. "I have great vision and I can follow blocking well. I'm just a big play guy and I feel like I can do that at the next level."
Sumler has been working hard this summer at getting even better. He wants to avoid being stuck at a fullback because of his size and his 4.6-second time in the 40-yard dash.
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"Most schools are talking about me playing fullback," he said. "I am trying to work hard on my 40-time (from a 4.6) to get it down so I can play running back. I feel like I would be a better running back. I've played it my whole life and I know I could get the job done. I don't think 215-pounds is big enough to be a fullback. I think I'd be a good power back for a team if I can just improve my speed this year. A few weeks ago I was clocked at 4.57 so I feel it's getting better."
In May he heard from Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona, Utah, Fresno State, USC, Washington, Washington State and a few others.
"Colorado (Brian Cabral) offered me on the phone and Colorado State (Matt Lubick) offered me by phone and then sent me a written offer a few days later," he said. "Those are my only two offers right now.
"I just got back from the Southern Cal camp. I feel like I did pretty well. It really pushed me and I learned a whole lot. There were a ton of good players there like Stafon Johnson and Josh Tatum. They were both great players, so I feel like it helped me and I had a lot of fun there."
Sumler, ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 94 player in California, also said he had a good conversation recently with Arizona assistant Kasey Dunn, but other than that he's been trying not to focus too much on recruiting at this point. But what does he think about when he does?
"I want to go to a school where I can play power back and a place that runs the ball a lot," he said. "I'm not worried about staying close to home. I just want to find the place that is the best fit. I was looking at graduation rates the other day and I noticed a lot of football players don't graduate. That's something that's important to me. If football doesn't work out I want to be able to have a degree to fall back on."
"I don't have a leader at all right now. I just want to go to a place that's a good fit and a place that wants to have me on the team. Basically, I'm high on teams that are high on me."