The roster for the Upper Arlington High School football team last season listed offensive lineman Kacy Yuhas at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds.

The roster for the Upper Arlington High School football team last season listed offensive lineman Kacy Yuhas at 6-foot-2, 245 pounds.

The weight was pretty accurate, but the height was a bit of a stretch.

"I'm between 5-11 and 6-foot," he said.

By today's recruiting standards, Yuhas, a 2009 UA graduate, would be considered undersized by most, if not all, college coaches, particularly those at the Division I level. But according to coach Mike Golden, Yuhas makes up for what he may lack in size.

"He's smallish, but his footwork is excellent and he has the physical strength," Golden said.

Chances are Yuhas' footwork was one of the qualities that caught the attention of the coaching staff at Davidson (N.C.) College, an NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (formerly known as I-AA) team. He signed with the Wildcats in March.

"When I was being recruited, that's what I was trying to sell to the coaches," said Yuhas, the Golden Bears' starting center the last two seasons. "That has always kind of been my strength. I'm not real big, but I make up for my small size with my footwork and quickness."

Golden is quick to point out that there is more to Yuhas than his footwork.

"Kacy is an outstanding player," he said. "He was the leader of our offensive line, and not just physically, but mentally."

One of the team captains, Yuhas displayed his leadership each time the Bears' offense lined up for a play, as it was his job to call out the blocking assignments.

"Kacy was the master at that," Golden said.

Yuhas began last season on the sideline as the result of a sprained MCL in his left knee. He saw his first action in the fourth game, a 55-10 win over Thomas Worthington on Sept. 12, and made his first start in the fifth game, a 34-9 win over Worthington Kilbourne on Sept. 19.

"When he came back, it really, really helped us get going," Golden said.

UA finished 10-2 overall, defeating Marysville 28-16 in the first round of the Division I playoffs on Nov. 1 before losing to Pickerington Central 24-16 in a regional semifinal Nov. 8. Despite missing three games, Yuhas was named second-team all-state and first-team all-district and all-OCC-Central Division.

"It was pretty disappointing at the beginning (of the season), but it ended up working out," he said.

Yuhas, who plans to major in economics, also was recruited by Dayton, Dennison, Rhode Island and Wofford.

Davidson is a member of the Pioneer League along with Butler, Campbell, Dayton, Drake, Jacksonville, Marist, Morehead State, San Diego and Valparaiso.

"The main reason I decided to go there is academics," he said. "But I definitely wanted to play football. And I liked the area."

Yuhas believes that Davidson is a program on the rise, and he hopes to have an opportunity to contribute right away. Last season, the Wildcats finished 4-7 overall and 3-5 in the Pioneer League.

"The program is up-and-coming, I would say," he said. "I'd like to play as early as I can. I don't know if that means starting as a freshman, but I at least want to see playing time in the first few years."

Yuhas wants to play center, but he said he would not be opposed to playing guard.

"It wouldn't be a big deal," he said. "I just want to have an opportunity to compete for a position."