NAME: Raven Saunders
HOMETOWN: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
HIGH SCHOOL: Dwyer High School
NOTES: Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer standout Raven Saunders had NC State at the top of his list for awhile and after seeing the Wolfpack in person for the first time, he decided Raleigh was where he wanted to spend his college career.
"I really liked the campus a lot," said Saunders. "I liked the coaching staff. They were honest and straight forward with me. I just liked what I saw and I was ready to wrap it up."
State has been on Saunders for a while with two defensive coaches heading up the Pack's recruiting efforts.
"Coach Huxtable and coach Nielsen have been recruiting me. I really liked that they were really straight forward with me and they were honest the whole time and I could just really see myself playing there.
"This was my first time coming to State and it was very nice. I liked that they had their own football facilities. I loved the campus. I just liked everything about it."
Saunders also held offers from Indiana, UNC, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Temple, and Florida Atlantic among others, and he's certainly an intriguing prospect.
"Saunders was a do-it-all athlete for Oxbridge Academy in 2015 starring at both running back and strong safety," said Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams. "The rising senior already has good size and a great frame to easily add the size necessary to play linebacker at the next level.
"On offense he shows good foot speed and change of direction which are attributes that should serve him well on defense once in college.
"Defensively, Saunders is one of the more physical prospects that State has landed a commitment from in recent years. He runs through tackles and rarely does a ball carrier move forward once Saunders makes contact. He has the ranginess and athleticism to cover from sideline to sideline and shows outstanding instincts and reaction time to get to the point of attack."
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