Saunders Not Eliminating UNC

Despite North Carolina's decision to relieve John Bunting of his head coaching duties after this season, Weslye Saunders will not be eliminating the Tar Heels from contention.

"It's unfortunate, but I still think I want to look at Carolina," said Saunders. "It effects [my recruitment] a lot, actually. It depends on what coaches they bring in and when. I think they're going to let [Bunting] finish out the year."

Saunders, a 6-foot-5 270-pound jumbo athlete from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, was originally slated to make his college decision a couple of weeks ago. However, a few new developments – in addition to UNC's coaching change – have forced the Scout.com four-star prospect to postpone his decision date.

"I've started to receive interest from UCLA and received the offer from Florida State, so I had to go back to the drawing board," said Saunders. "[The head coach situation at UNC] will make me push [my announcement date] back a little while. I want to see who they are going to bring in. I'm really going to take it easy with my decision and see what happens [with all of my schools] before making my decision."

Not too long ago, Saunders crowned North Carolina his leader. To give everyone a fair shake, he opened up his recruitment claiming everything was equal among his top five schools. With all the new developments, he has made yet another alteration to his favorites list.

"[The coaching situation] doesn't knock North Carolina out of my top five, but [the interest from UCLA and FSU] makes my top four a top six," said Saunders.

Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, UCLA, and Wake Forest round out Saunders' top six. With the exception of UCLA, all have offered Saunders.

Saunders, who has already taken an official visit to Louisville, said he plans to take all five of his official visits before deciding.

"Definitely Florida State will be one of them," said Saunders. "South Carolina and Wake Forest [for the other two], and I'm going to have to make a decision on my last one."

Saunders is being recruited as both a tight end and a defensive end. In addition to playing both aforementioned positions for Durham (N.C.) Riverside, Saunders sees significant time at quarterback. On the year, Saunders has caught 35 passes for 415 yards and four touchdowns, and rushes for another 149 yards and five touchdowns on 20 carries.

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