At 6-foot-3, 195 pounds with the skills to project to wide receiver or outside linebacker, Khali Saunders looks like he could end up as one of Illinois' best in the class of 2019.
Iowa State recognized that with a scholarship offer, his first of the process, on Wednesday.
"It was like a dream come true," Saunders said. "I've always wanted to play football after high school and this is a chance for me to get a degree as well as continue what I love, so I was lost for words when receiving the news."
"The first thing I did was let my family know," he added. "The first person I called was my twin brother he was so happy for me and told my mom the news she couldn't be more proud. Not only did I let my family know, I called up my coaches and thanked them for everything."
Saunders is still learning more about the Cyclones at this time.
"I don't know much," he said, "but I have been researching the school since receiving the news. I'm definitely going to try to go out there for a camp and hopefully have the chance to see everything for myself up close."
"Not so much visits for this summer, but I'm trying to attend as many camps and showcases as possible," he said. "Northwestern, Western Michigan and Lake Forest, are ones I'm already signed up for and plan on adding a few more depending on my schedule."