Kelvin Faison is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2023.
The 5-foot-1 Faison, who attends Coleman Middle School, is a dynamic player that works on both sides of the ball as a running back, wide receiver and defensive back for the Tampa Bay Lions.
Faison has earned plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth football career, such as being selected as an All-Star the last three seasons.
Faison is humbled by the accolades.
“It means a lot to me because you get to play with the best of the best and I really got to showcase my skill set,” Faison said. “It was a learning experience because it challenged me mentally and physically. It makes me want to keep grinding to get better every day.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Faison is determined to give it his all.
Faison is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Faison steps between the lines.
“I have a confident mindset when I am playing my position because I am confident in myself,” Faison said. “I want to make the opponent have to work for everything they get.”
Faison has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Faison tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“The thing I love most about football is that it strives me to work hard, keeps me out of trouble, teaches me teamwork, teaches me to be a leader, and teaches me to love the game,” Faison said. “Because there are a lot of more athletes who are better than me that’s why I can always improve and become better.”
Faison has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me so much about life in general,” Faison said. “I learned that I must be a leader because my team looks up to me. If they see me getting hype, they’re going to get hype which make them want to play even harder in the game.”
Faison recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory is me scoring my first three touchdowns when I was little on my birthday because it made me feel like no one could stop me,” Faison said. “It was a special moment that I’ll never forget.”
Derrick Miller is in his first season coaching Faison for the Tampa Bay Lions organization.
Miller explains the best parts of Faison’s game.
“His main position is as a defensive back. He displays an amazingly high IQ. HE reads and reacts all from his sideline in tremendous fashion,” Miller said. “He does an outstanding job at block shedding and he is a pure tackler definitely not afraid of bigger bodies. He is a pure offensive weapon as well with and without the ball in his hands. He also makes smart decision and can block extremely well.”
Faison takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Faison makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I demonstrate being a good teammate by being a leader, not a follower. I speak up and strive my team to do better,” Faison said. “The best advice I give to my teammates is to keep your head up while hitting because if you hit the wrong way you can injure yourself.”
Miller adds that Faison s one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“He is not really vocal until he hits the field. He leads by his style of play and love for the game,” Miller said. “That attitude is contagious for the rest of his teammates to follow.”
Faison is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“I’ve learned a lot from my coaches on how to be a better football player and a better person off the field,” Faison said. “That as I go on my legacy will get better and better. As long as I practice and work hard and get good grades, I can do anything in football.They tell me to don’t let the wide receiver get past me when playing corner.”
Miller is an advocate of Faison’s capabilities.
“He's a playmaker on every down,” Miller said. “I remember our first game of the season. It's so special to me because he set the tone early for our first season. He struck out for a 50-60 yard run from scrimmage for a TD against the Redskins.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Faison also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Faison has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He’s a very smart player that puts himself in position to be successful,” Miller said. “He’s constantly looking at film for ways to improve.”
Faison is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“He loves practice. He loves when it is ran in succession,” Miller said. “He's at practice every time and every day we call it. It's just incredible to describe at times the attention to detail he displays.”
Miller explains why he compares Faison to this player.
“I would definitely compare KJ to NFL DB Jalen Ramsey only because of the physical nature in common,” Miller said. “He doesn't allow bigger bodies to get the best of him which makes him such an elite player at his age.”
Faison patterns his mentality after this star wide receiver.
“I look up to Odell Beckham Jr. because I like the way he shakes and catches the ball,” Faison said. “He makes it look easy and is famous for his one-handed catch. Plus I like his dance moves and hair. A lot of people look up to him.”
Faison is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“I want to graduate high school and get a scholarship to go on to college then to the NFL and buy my mom and dad a house,” Faison said. “I want to make sure my family’s happy and eating and being a leader to my little brother and sister.”
Faison has his sights set on becoming a Florida State Seminole.
“They have a good football team and they are in my home state,” Faison said. “Also a lot of known football legends have come from there.”
Faison lists science as his favorite subject in school.
“I like doing experiments in the lab and like to study the earth and technology,” Faison said.
Miller outlines the next areas of improvement for Faison.
“I would love to see him more on offense [laughs] but realistically I know and definitely see him perfecting his craft as a defensive back,” Miller said. “I know he has a high motor and excellent drive for that and I see him doing great things there.”
Miller believes the sky is the limit as long as Faison continues to stay hungry.
“He has plenty of potential to make his dreams become a reality,” Miller said. “He’s going to have a long, successful career and I’m excited to watch it unfold.”
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