New UNC Staff Interested in Saddler

A week before John Bunting's tenure ended, North Carolina offered Cameron Saddler a scholarship. New offensive coordinator John Shoop recently reopened communication between UNC and the 5-foot-7, 150-pound athlete from Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway.

"Right now, the situation with them is a little iffy – I don't know what's going on," said Saddler. "I don't know if I still have an offer from North Carolina or what."

In addition to the regular mail, Saddler receives text messages from Shoop once every week.

"He told me he was coming into my school sometime soon," said Saddler. "But he hasn't come, yet.

"He just wants me to get down and take a visit. He keeps telling me if I come down and take a visit, I'll fall in love with the place."

While no plans have been made, Saddler figures to unofficially visit UNC over the summer. He is also looking to visit Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, and Minnesota.

"It should be a pretty hectic summer coming up," said Saddler, who has already visited Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Virginia.

A week ago, Saddler had just seven scholarship offers. Now that number has doubled. Saddler's offers list is highlighted by Colorado, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Oregon, Pitt, and UVa.

However, there's still not a consensus as to where to play Saddler outside of his return abilities.

"Everyone wants me as a kick returner, mainly," said Saddler. "This week I was at a camp and I played a lot of receiver; so a lot of schools fell in love with me at receiver. But [I'm being recruited as an] athlete, mainly."

Position wise, North Carolina is in the same situation.

"Coach Shoop, he really hasn't talked about a position," said Saddler. "He talks about the kick returner stuff all the time. He says Butch Davis is big on special teams. But I don't know what position on the field."

The UNC staff will need to further develop the relationship with Saddler to return to being among his list of favorites.

"North Carolina has actually recently dropped out of my top five, because the recruitment hasn't been too strong with me lately," said Saddler. "I'm trying to build up a relationship, but I feel like an outsider."

Saddler's ever-changing favorites list is a diverse group of schools that spans four different conferences and three different time zones.

"Right now, my top five would be Michigan, Virginia – those are my top two most definitely," said Saddler. "Then we could slide Syracuse in there, Oregon, and round it out with Pitt."

The same reason UNC is on the outside looking in has the aforementioned schools in his top five.

"Relationships, mainly relationships and coach styles and how comfortable I feel with the guys recruiting me," said Saddler. "It's a big decision I have to make and I've got to be there for four years, so I want to be 100-percent sure when I make my decision."

Saddler hopes to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior football season. However, he said he won't sacrifice researching a school thoroughly for the sake of committing early.

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