Rising sophomore linebacker Garrett White headed the group of UNC players that guided the trio of recruits around.
Saunders, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound defensive end, also spoke to members of the coaching staff, who were on hand for the program.
"I talked to Coach [Tommy] Thigpen and Coach [Marvin] Sanders," said Saunders. "We didn't talk about much – mostly small talk."
To make up for what he missed by arriving late, Saunders will attend the second Project Uplift session next weekend.
The following Monday, Saunders will attend the Tar Heels' individual camp. He also plans to camp at Notre Dame on June 27th while also squeezing in a visit to South Carolina.
Saunders, who is looking to make a decision early in his senior football season, says North Carolina is still in good shape to get his commitment.
"North Carolina is still on top, along with Wake Forest," said Saunders. "I love the campus, the coaching staff, and mostly I can leave Carolina with a great degree because they have a great academic program. They're pretty close to home, too."
As a junior at Durham (N.C.) Riverside, Saunders earned all-region and all-conference honors after recording 20 catches for 308 yards and six touchdowns at tight end, and 52 tackles, four sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles at defensive end.