Lone Peak speedster to join Cougars

Head coach Tony McGeary of Lone Peak just completed a perfect 14-0 season while leading his team to a 4A state championship. MaxPreps ranked Lone Peak 77th in the nation among 16,000 high school teams, and that was due in large part to a core group of athletes that dominated their competition. One of those athletes has decided to take his game to BYU as a walk-on in hopes of earning a scholarship.

BYU had been his favorite for most of his life, so when Zac Saunders began hearing from the school during the recruiting period, he became excited.

"BYU had shown some interest in me and had been talking to me and everything," said Saunders. "BYU had been a dream school for me ever since I was little. Now I'll have the opportunity to go there and walk-on the team. It's a great opportunity and I'm excited."

Saunders spoke to both Coach Doman and Coach Cahoon to let them know of his decision.

"They feel I'll be able to come and participate there, and they said they would like me to come there if I decided to. So, I am going to go there."

Originally from Alberta, Canada, Saunders is excited to be able to play for and be coached by the CFL's all-time leading receiver in Ben Cahoon.

"Yeah, when I told Coach Cahoon I was coming he was excited," Saunders said. "I'm from Canada and he played football up there in the CFL. When he was playing up there I followed him."

Like Cahoon, Saunders plays wide receiver. At Lone Peak he played at the z-receiver position and also returned kickoffs and punts.

Saunders is coming off of a very productive season.

"I had around 600 receiving yards receiving last season," Saunders said. "On top of that I had 13 touchdowns and was named region four MVP. I also named first-team all-state for wide receiver and got into the Elite 11."

At 5 feet 11 inches and 170 pounds, Saunders has some speed.

"I also run track here at Lone Peak and have been clocked at a 4.4 forty," Saunders said. "They timed me during football season, but running track really helped me a lot with my speed and forty-yard dash."

Saunders turns 19 in October and will serve a mission first before enrolling at BYU. Following a two-year hiatus, he'll return and enroll at BYU, where he will try his hand at earning a coveted Cougar scholarship.

"Yeah, that's the plan, that is unless if the coaches want me to come in and do something this fall. If not, I'm just going to go on my mission and then enroll when I get back and try and earn a scholarship."

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