Saunders, a 6-foot-5 265-pound tight end from Durham (N.C.) Riverside, will announce between North Carolina and South Carolina Monday during his high school football team's banquet.
Although Saunders is close to finalizing his decision, he admits that the task has been difficult.
"It's real hard," said Saunders. "It's the toughest thing I've ever had to do."
Like most of his peers, Saunders is just looking for where he fits in best.
"Basically, [I'm looking for] a good atmosphere, a good environment, a good situation for me," said Saunders. "Actually, you can't really go wrong with either one of those schools."
To help make a clear decision, Saunders has cut off contact with the coaching staffs from both schools until he announces his decision.
Saunders did, however, sneak in an unofficial visit to North Carolina last weekend.
"I just went up there to play basketball and me and my dad went to Carmichael and shot some," said Saunders. "I stopped by the football office for 15 minutes. I talked to Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, Coach [Steve] Hagen, and Coach [John] Shoop. I saw Kourtnei Brown there – I think he was on his official. I just happened to be on campus, so I stopped by the football office."
Outside of his college decision, his senior basketball season is a major focus of Saunders'. He has helped lead Riverside to a 12-5 record, while averaging 11.2 points-per-game.