Saunders Meets Hagen, Narrows List

As planned, Weslye Saunders traveled to Chapel Hill Sunday to meet newly hired North Carolina tight end coach Steve Hagen.

"I got to talk to [Hagen] a good little while," said Saunders. "I met his son and his wife. I talked to him for a little bit – not as much as I wanted to, but I'll talk to him more during my official [visit]."

Saunders, a 6-foot-5 270-pound tight end from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, spoke mostly with Hagen as they sat in the Smith Center watching the UNC-Florida State basketball game.

"[He talked about] just his style of play and what he likes to do," said Saunders. "He said he'll go into detail when I go up there and I have more time. He said he just wanted basically to introduce himself."

Saunders was also introduced to Charlie Williams and John Blake, who are also new additions to the Tar Heels' coaching staff.

When Saunders wasn't talking with Hagen, he spent time with fellow recruits Ryan Houston, Quan Sturdivant, Desmond Roberts, and Michael Byrd. He said he spent a great deal of time with Houston, who is a soft pledge to UNC.

With a recent head coach departure, Saunders has narrowed down his list of favorite schools to UNC and South Carolina.

"Louisville is pretty much out of the question since [Coach Bobby] Petrino left," said Saunders. "So you can pretty much cancel out Louisville."

This weekend Saunders returns to Chapel Hill for his official visit with North Carolina. The following weekend Saunders will conclude his campus travels with an official visit to South Carolina.

"[During the visits I'm looking for] a comfort level with the coaches, the atmosphere at the school when it's not football season, and to just get some more information on the schools," said Saunders.

Saunders, who lacks a leader, is planning on announcing his school of choice just before Signing Day at a Feb. 5 school banquet, but admitted a verbal commitment could occur during either of his official visits.

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