Saunders May Officially Visit UNC

Although the change at head coach initially hurt North Carolina's chances with Weslye Saunders, it looks like the Tar Heels will get a chance to mend fences now that Butch Davis has been officially named the new head football coach.

"It hurt Carolina – you know, because Coach [John] Bunting's gone – but I'd like to meet [Davis] and everything like that," said Saunders. "I'd like to get everything going with [meeting him] soon, because I don't know much about him."

Saunders is also interested to see how Davis and his new coaching staff will use him, as he's a 6-foot-5, 270-pound jumbo athlete.

Recently, Saunders scheduled his official visit with South Carolina for December 1st. He has already officially visited Louisville and plans to take trips to Clemson and Florida.

The frontrunner for his final allotted official visit is Wake Forest, but given the change at head coach, Saunders is now considering North Carolina.

"Honestly, it could end up being North Carolina," said Saunders. "But right now, it's looking like Wake Forest. We'll just have to see."

Currently, Saunders' focus is his senior football season where he has Durham (N.C.) Riverside in the second round of the NCHSAA 4AA State Playoffs after an upset victory over Raleigh (N.C.) Athens Drive.

"It was an upset to everybody else, but to us, we were supposed to win," said Saunders. "Being that [Athens Drive] had the top passer, I was pretty confident that me and Billy Cook – the other defensive end – could get a lot of pressure on the quarterback. He threw for over 300 yards, but he still threw four picks."

Riverside will travel crosstown for a rematch with Durham (N.C.) Jordan on Friday. The first time these two teams met, Saunders caught five passes for 35 yards and ran for a touchdown, but Riverside lost 21-14.

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