Saunders, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound jumbo athlete from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, has already designated Notre Dame and Florida as his co-leaders, but admits UNC is a close third.
"Oh, I love [the Tar Heels]," said Saunders. "I've been watching them for a while. I look up to Julius Peppers. I really consider UNC as one of my top three schools."
With his athleticism and versatility, the North Carolina coaching staff is still trying to determine what position is Saunders best fit.
"I'm mostly being looked at for defensive end, but also tight end," said Saunders. "But, UNC is looking at me as an athlete – they don't know, yet.
"I don't really [have a preference], but I think I'd liked to be on the offensive side to make plays."
As a junior Saunders definitely made plays on offense despite sharing the ball with talented wide outs Corey Hairston and Wake Forest signee Marshall Williams. He caught 20 passes for 308 yards and six touchdowns on his way to all-region and all-conference recognition.
Saunders was also named to the all-conference team for defensive end after recording 52 tackles, four sacks, 14 tackles for a loss, and two forced fumbles.