Saunders joins three others in the 2013 class as the son of a former Vandal. His dad, Walter, was a receiver at Idaho from 1991-93 when coach Paul Petrino was a Vandal assistant.
As a senior, Saunders led Pleasant Grove with 1,383 yards on 259 carries with 16 going for touchdowns. He added another 13 receptions for 129 yards. Saunders had seven games of 100 or more yards with his career outing 268 yards on 31 carries (six TDs) against Sheldon. He was an all-Delta River selection and played in the 56th annual Optimist All-Star Football Classic.
As a junior, he was second on the team with 88 carries for 625 yards and 13 touchdowns. His best that season was 12 carries for 129 yards.
From Rocklin Super Sophomores: “Usually 7-on-7 tournaments are hard for running backs to display their talents, especially if they are a big, power back like Saunders. However, he has extremely soft hands and runs good routes. He impressed us in the Badger/New Level Athletics 7v7 in Las Vegas, and he did again on Saturday in Rocklin.”
While Saunders’ dad and brother are receivers, Petrino said Isaiah’s bulk makes him a running back – and a good one at that.
“He has great acceleration,” Petrino said. “He just has to learn to burst every time he has the ball. When you see him do it, it’s real special.”