Saunders claims that the Tar Heels as his leader.
As he said in a previous interview earlier this month, just prior to receiving his Penn State offer, "North Carolina is still on top, along with Wake Forest. I love the campus, the coaching staff, and mostly I can leave Carolina with a great degree because they have a great academic program. They're pretty close to home, too."
A Scout.com four-star prospect, Saunders is the 26th ranked defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com
As a junior at Durham (N.C.) Riverside, Saunders earned all-region and all-conference honors after recording 20 catches for 308 yards and six touchdowns at tight end, and 52 tackles, four sacks, 14 tackles for a loss and two forced fumbles at defensive end.