Saunders Leaves His Mark at TE

Originally, Wesley Saunders had planned to attend all three days of North Carolina's individual camp from Monday to Wednesday. However after making his mark, the jumbo athlete decided to leave Tuesday morning.

Saunders, a 6-foot-5, 270-pounder from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, was given the red carpet when he was in camp.

"I got to ride around the cart during camp with Coach [John] Bunting and everything," said Saunders. "I played video games in the coaches' office with other recruits that were in town that day. … I got to hang out with the coaches a little bit."

Initially, it had been believed that Saunders was being recruited for defensive end. However after the camp, there's no question that tight end is North Carolina's primary position for Saunders.

"They said from watching me play in practice and combines and stuff that it's obvious that I need the ball in my hands to make plays," said Saunders. "I'm cool with it. The new offense they are putting in from Fresno State with [quarterbacks such as] Mike Paulus, it's looking pretty good actually."

During the first session of camp Monday, Saunders got to test out his new position.

"I felt I did all right," said Saunders. "Coach [Tommy] Thigpen had me going up against their best linebacker there, [Alonzo] Winfield. I pretty much cooked him."

Heading into the camp, North Carolina was Saunders' leader. That notion only strengthened following the camp.

"[My feelings towards UNC are] pretty strong, actually," said Saunders. "It's pretty much the same, but just a tad bit stronger because I got a feel for actually staying on campus – what the actual life would be like if I played there. I also liked that I met with the strength coach."

Early in his football season, Saunders plans to make a verbal commitment.

Saunders will camp at Notre Dame [June 25th], N.C. State [Thursday], and Penn State.

A Scout.com four-star prospect, Saunders is the 26th ranked defensive tackle by Scout.com.

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.

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