Casa Grande's Keys makes choice between Yale, UNLV

Posted by Staff Writer Eric Branch:
Casa Grande running back Kahlil Keys, an accomplished public speaker with a 3.93 GPA, has turned down a full athletic scholarship from UNLV to attend Yale.
Keys said he will have about 80 percent of his Ivy League education paid for thanks to a need-based financial-aid scholarship. Tuition, room and board at Yale is $47,500 for the 2009-10 school year. Keys said his family will have to pay about $10,000 a year. Ivy League schools do not offer athletic scholarships.
“It was definitely a difficult decision,” Keys said. “It was obviously very tempting having a Division I scholarship on the table … But ultimately I went with the tradition and the opportunities Yale brings as far education and connections. To have a chance to go to the East Coast and attend an Ivy League school is a dream come true for so many people. To have that and be able to continue my football career was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Keys rushed for 1,246 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior while averaging 7.3 yards a carry. In his two-year varsity career he rushed for 2,528 yards and 27 touchdowns.
“Each of his coaches and teammates have the utmost respect for him,” Casa Grande coach Trent Herzog said. “He is as good a leader as I’ve had in my 15 years of coaching.”
On a personal note, I’d like to say that Keys – as you might have already guessed – is an impressive young man.
After the first time I spoke with him — it was a phone interview in August — I hung up the phone and thought: Wow. That kid is a senior? In high school? Wow. Wow. Wow. I’ve encountered few athletes, at any level, as eloquent or thoughtful.
On the field, he played hard and with class. No finger pointing, trash talking or attempts to call attention to himself.
So Yale is paying about $40,000 of Keys’ tuition a year?
It got quite a bargain.