Saunders Meets Davis

Weslye Saunders had been planning to attend North Carolina's nationally televised basketball game against Ohio State since last week. However, he received the added bonus of meeting with new UNC head football coach, Butch Davis.

"I spoke to [Coach Davis] [Wednesday] morning over the phone," said Saunders. "It was only for a minute or two minutes. He told him that I would see him [Wednesday night]."

A hectic schedule prevented the two from conversing prior to the game's tip-off, but Davis made time to speak with Saunders during halftime.

"We talked for a few minutes, but he had a lot of stuff to do," said Saunders. "He came over to speak with me. I appreciated that, because people were calling him from every direction but he made the time to talk to me.

"He's a pretty straight forward guy. I really like him. First impressions are everything and he sure made a great one with me. He seems like a pretty nice guy. My dad interviewed him the other day at the press conference so he was telling me about him, also."

Also in attendance was fellow four-star prospect Greg Little.

"He was sitting right near me, I talked to him for a little bit," said Saunders. "We just talked about the game; we didn't really talk about anything else."

The dismissal of John Bunting put a damper on Saunders' feelings toward UNC. However, after meeting with Davis, those fences seem to have been mended.

"[My recruitment] has changed, but it's still pretty much the same," said Saunders. "Carolina is still right there in the mix. Davis' record and what he likes to do with tight ends hasn't hurt them one bit."

Saunders wants to continue to build a relationship with Davis by taking an official visit to Chapel Hill in the coming weeks.

"Pretty much, I want to know Davis as much as possible, as soon as possible," said Saunders.

Saunders, who has already officially visited Louisville, will take his second official trip this weekend.

"Saturday morning I'm going to South Carolina [for an official]," said Saunders. "If Riverside loses Friday night, I'm leaving Saturday morning."

While no dates have been set yet, Saunders is also in the process of scheduling official visits with Florida State, Michigan State, and Wake Forest.

Although recruiting is a concern, in the forefront of Saunders' mind is the "Cinderella" season Durham (N.C.) Riverside High School is having.

"I would say it's a surprise season – starting off 3-4, getting in trouble with the coaches, guys all about themselves – but we were able to turn it all around," said Saunders.

Riverside, who is the 11th seed, will travel to Garner (N.C.) for their semifinal game against the No. 1 seed. On their way to the semifinals, Riverside has unseated the second-, third-, and sixth-seeded teams all while playing on the road. Earlier in the season, Riverside upset Garner, 14-9.

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