Gamecocks Impress Saunders

Riverside (Durham, NC) tight end Wesley Saunders has expressed interest in South Carolina throughout the recruiting process, but the 4-star prospect made his first visit to Columbia (SC) on Saturday afternoon to get a first hand look at what all the Gamecocks have to offer.

The 6'5, 270 pound Saunders thoroughly enjoyed his visit, and he shared his thoughts on his time in Columbia.

"It was great. I got there and talked with Coach Chatham. He met us there with my dad. He showed me around the stadium, the facilities, the locker room, the weight room and stuff. It was great. Then he took me on a tour around campus. He showed me, if I came down there, where I would be staying, where I would be eating, the library, and everything like that. It was pretty fun."

Wesley Saunders, who totaled 20 receptions for 308 yards and 7 touchdowns last season, said the highlight of his trip was dropping by the annual Steve Spurrier Ladies Clinic and seeing the support by the lady Gamecock fans.

"When I got there, they had a women's football convention going on… That just shows the support that they have down there, and that really blew me away how everything down there was Gamecock this-Gamecock that. So their support was great."

The versatile Saunders is capable of playing multiple positions on the college level, but he says the Gamecock coaches know exactly where they hope to utilize his talents.

"They told me I'd be playing tight end. You know, I can only trust what they say. Everybody else on Gamecock message boards is saying they will switch me to D-tackle or something like that, but as far as I know, I'll be playing tight end."

Saunders, who is being recruited by former Duke assistant Fred Chatham, enjoyed spending time with several Gamecock coaches while on campus, and he left Columbia with a positive vibe of the South Carolina staff.

"They were great. Coach Chatham, I really get along with him. I feel very comfortable with the coaches. I met up with a few of the strength coaches also, and I felt very comfortable around them."

The talented jumbo-athlete had maintained South Carolina as one of his top schools even before visiting Columbia, but after seeing everything first hand, Saunders says that the Gamecocks, along with the Tar Heels, are now a notch above the rest.

"They were always in the mix, and they are still one of my favorites schools. Everybody's pretty much wide open, but you can put it up a notch for North Carolina, South Carolina, and those types of schools."

Saunders, who runs a 4.7 forty yard dash, said that he is finished with recruiting for the summer and the next order of business will be taking his official visits.

"I'm finished for the summer. I believe I'll be going up to Louisville on September 16, up to Penn State for their home game against Michigan, and I should be going down to South Carolina for their game against Georgia."

Stay tuned to for the latest news on this talented, 4-star prospect.

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