Since then, the junior has taken in trips to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State – and the board subsequently doubled in count.
“I have heard from a bunch of staffs, but I would have to say that it is coming down to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech or LSU,” he said. “I have offers from all four schools, and I am feeling the love from them.”
Recording 94 tackles, breaking up four passes and grabbing one interception his junior season, it is no wonder that the Tiger staff has their eyes set on the four-star prospect.
A trip to Baton Rouge, Saunders said, would likely make or break his chances of landing with the Tigers.
“I just got back from Stillwater, and it changed my picture of Oklahoma State completely,” he said. “The facilities just blew me away … it was unlike anything I had ever seen. Just the idea I had before that trip was nothing like the one I left with.
“If I come to Baton Rouge and see the LSU facilities and campus atmosphere, I could get blown away again,” he added. “It is all about getting onto campus and getting the feel for where you will be living for four years.”
The trip, he noted, is “approaching quickly.”
“I am going to make it down sometime in July,” he said. “I am coming over to just relax and see the place, not camp or workout or anything like that. I will probably be back again for an official in the fall, but this first trip will decide a lot.”
The No. 17 ranked safety according to Scout.com; Saunders said that he hopes to make a rise in the rankings come fall.
“We are ranked as the No. 16 team in Texas by a poll I just saw, so I should be able to showcase my abilities in some big games, especially down the stretch,” he said. “I am in no rush with all the college decision making stuff, because I have until February to decide. This fall is about my team and I doing big things.
“I am going to be up from around 200 to 210 by the end of the season, so playing heavier should give me even more of an edge,” he added. “Colleges coaches are telling me they would have me around that weight, so I am going to go ahead and feel it out.”