Saunders Opens Up List

After checking out Notre Dame during a family vacation in Indiana, Wesley Saunders has taken a step back with his recruitment and opened things up.

"My visit up to Notre Dame and seeing the campus basically put everything into perspective about where I think I might want to go," said Saunders. "So I'm wide open even though I still have love for [North] Carolina, but I wanted to let everybody know that everything is wide open. Everybody was pretty much thinking I was Carolina bound."

While in South Bend, Saunders, a 6-foot-5 270-pound jumbo athlete from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, didn't speak to members of the Fighting Irish's coaching staff.

"I didn't really get to meet the coaches, there was a camp going on while I was there," said Saunders. "So when I went, I just walked around the campus and I saw a couple of the players on campus I guess for summer school."

The Saunders family will return from Indiana on Monday. Once back in Durham, Saunders and his father will work on getting down to Columbia to check out South Carolina. They are also looking to make trips to Penn State and Louisville.

Although open, Saunders has established a fairly solid list of favorites compromised only of scholarship-offering schools.

"[North] Carolina, South Carolina, Penn State, and Wake [Forest] – that's pretty much my top four," said Saunders. "Clemson is pretty much in the mix, too.

"Notre Dame is my automatic favorite, but they haven't offered so far."

In addition to his favorites, Saunders holds scholarship offers from East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, and N.C. State. Each of his offering schools are looking to line Saunders up at defensive end, with the exception of UNC and USC, which would like to see him at tight end.

Saunders is still toying with the notion of making a verbal commitment during his homecoming game. Before that time, he plans to take official visits.

"I'm actually going on my official to Louisville the weekend they play Miami," said Saunders. "When I get back, I'm going to talk to the Penn State coaches [about scheduling an official visit] and I'm trying to get up to ECU for an official."

Saunders said he doesn't see a need in taking an official visit to North Carolina, since he's already made so many visits to the Chapel Hill campus.

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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