Saunders has U of L high on list after visit

Louisville has had success recently plucking talented football prospects out of the state of North Carolina. Two years ago, the Cardinals landed Rod Council and Trent Guy from the Tar Heel state. Now, Bobby Petrino is is going all out to land 6'5, 270 pound tight end Wesley Saunders, who made an official visit to U of L last weekend.

Louisville has had some recent recruiting success plucking players from the state of North Carolina. The Cardinals landed starting cornerback Rod Council and redshirt freshman wide receiver/kick return specialist Trenton Guy from the Tar Heel state two years ago. Now, Louisville is hoping to land 6'5, 270 pound defensive end/tight end Wesley Saunders from Durham, North Carolina.

Saunders, an impressive athlete who runs the forty yard dash in 4.7 seconds, made an official visit to Louisville over the weekend and watched the Cardinals dispatch Miami, 31-7, at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Saturday afternoon.

"It was a great visit," Saunders said. "I'd give it a 10. I got to see a great win and the crowd was great. It was really amazing. The Card (March) before the game was great. That really surprised me. I wasn't expecting anything like that. It was very SEC-esq."

The Cardinals were originally recruiting Saunders, a four-star prospect, to come in and play on the defensive line. But after watching Saunders' on video more closely decided he'd make a perfect tight end in Bobby Petrino's high-octane offense that currently leads the nation in scoring and total yards per game.

"Louisville is high up on my list," Saunders said. "They want me to play tight end. I like their style of offense. Originally, they were recruiting me to play defensive end, but the more they watched me on film they realized that I could do more with the ball."

Louisville, Penn State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest top Saunders' list. He'll visit the Nitany Lions next on October 13-14.

"I don't have a leader right now," Saunders said. "I plan on taking all of my visits before making my decision. Louisville is definitely high up there on the list, though. I like them a lot."

Louisville freshman safety Brandon Heath hosted Saunders' during his official visit to Louisville. Saunders said he spent time hanging out with several of the U of L players and attended junior wide receiver Harry Douglas' birthday party after the Cardinals huge win Saturday evening. He also got to know several other players who made officials visits to U of L, including a pair of five-star prospects.

"I spent time talking with Mark Barnes, Luther Davis and Jamar Jackson," Saunders said. "While I was waiting for my flight to Louisville at the Cincinnati airport I was reading about all these top football recruits in a magazine. Then when I got to Louisville, all of the guys that I read about were there. That was pretty great."

Asked who he thought out of those who made official visits to Louisville over the weekend might end up playing for the Cardinals, Saunders said, "Luther Davis. He asked the coaches jokingly if he could take more than one official visit to the same school."


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