The courting of Casa's Kahlil Keys

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Casa Grande senior running back Kahlil Keys has been verbally offered full academic scholarships from Pinceton and Cornell.
Keys was offered the scholarship from Princeton about a month ago and Cornell made the offer this week. Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships.
Keys, who has a 4.0 GPA and is an award-winning public speaker, still has to be officially accepted into each school and is in the process of filling out paperwork. The academic scholarships would cover all but about $3,000 of the annual fees at each school. Tuition, room and board at Princeton and Cornell is over $45,000.
Keys is also being receiving weekly phone calls or e-mails from Stanford, Cal, Arizona State, Nevada, Fresno State, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis and Sacramento State.
He was invited to attend the Cal-USC game in Berkeley on Oct. 3 and attended the Stanford-Arizona State game in Palo Alto on Saturday. He met players and spoke with coaches before each game. Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog said Stanford coaches view Keys as their fourth-rated running back recruit and Cal coaches view him as their fifth-rated recruit at the position. Both schools are expected to sign two running backs.
Keys said the process has been a bit stressful, but he reminds himself of the unique position he’s in.
“Hopefully in less than a year I’ll be making a decision that impacts my entire life,” Keys said. “It’s a situation a lot of people would like to be in, but in reality not many are. So when I look at it in that light, it’s very exciting.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Keys has 1,022 total yards and 13 touchdowns this season for the Gauchos (6-1). He has scored a touchdown in 13 straight games.