Stone Saunders is only a high school junior, but the Kentucky football commit has already set a new record at his Pennsylvania high school.
Last Friday night against Cedar Cliff, Saunders led Bishop McDevitt to a dominant 48-7 victory, improving the team’s record to 5-0 on the season. The three-star signal-caller finished with 270 yards on 15-17 passing with five touchdowns and zero interceptions. In the process, he broke the school record for most career passing yards. He completed a 31-yard touchdown pass in the first half that made him the school’s passing leader.
According to MaxPreps, Saunders now has 8,022 passing yards to his name while at Bishop McDevitt with still half a season left in his junior year, plus all of his senior year in 2024. Through only five games in 2023 so far, he’s thrown for 1,402 yards (most in the state of Pennsylvania) on 81-118 passing (68.6 competition percentage) with 20 touchdowns and just one interception. He holds a quarterback rating of 144.8 this season and a 142.1 rating throughout his high school career.
“I think I’ve played pretty decent so far,” Saunders told KSR prior to breaking the record. “We had three really tough games from the start. First game we had to come back by 14 points in the fourth quarter, so it was my first game really having to come back. It was great to see our team come back with that.
“With DePaul (Catholic), we had a shootout. LaSalle (College) we just played a little bit better than everybody, but it’s been really fun. We’ve got a great group of guys on this team so it’s been a blast so far. It’s probably been the most fun I’ve ever had playing football. I have no complaints so far.”
Currently, Saunders is Kentucky’s lone commit for the 2025 recruiting cycle. He’ll be in Lexington this weekend when the Wildcats host Florida at Kroger Field on Saturday at noon EST. This will be his first return trip to UK since he was on campus back in June. He committed to Kentucky not long after that visit and has regularly talked with the coaching staff ever since, but getting a first-hand look at the gameday atmosphere will be a different beast.
“UK’s been great,” Saunders said before Kentucky’s win over Vanderbilt. “I’ve got no complaints at all. I’ve loved seeing them play during the season so far. Last game our offense really looked great. Devin (Leary) was slinging the ball out to everybody. It was the first time the passing attack really looked good. It’ll be fun to watch them during SEC play.”
With four-star class of 2024 quarterback Cutter Boley also in the fold, Kentucky’s offense is in good shape for the next few years.