Projected Position At NC State: Linebacker
More On Raven Saunders: A team captain, Saunders spent his first three years at Oxbridge Academy before transferring to Dwyer. He played safety as a junior but was limited to five games because of an injury.
Named first-team all-area as a senior, Saunders was rated the No. 122 outside linebacker nationally by Scout.com, the No. 18 OLB in Florida.
Personal: Only played high school football as a junior and senior. Also plays high school basketball. Grandfather, Lemar Parrish, played in the NFL from 1970-82 for the Bengals, Redskins and Bills.
Commit Date: 4-2-2016
Recruiting Scene: Saunders committed to NC State in April after an early visit. NC State reportedly his ability to play in space as a field linebacker.
Why NC State? "NC State wants me to play 'MIKE' or weakside linebacker. I think I'll be a good fit for the defense because they are physical and fly around... they are relentless. That's how I try to play."
Picked NC State Over: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Indiana, And Temple Among Others
Scouting Report: A hybrid player, Saunders, who checks in at 6-foot-1 and 220 pounds, is capable of playing safety or linebacker on the next level. As a junior he lined up at safety and tailback but this year he spent most of the season playing outside linebacker.