Deacons Offer Saunders

For the 2007 recruiting class Wake Forest will once again attempt to dip into what is starting to become a pipeline at Durham (N.C.) Riverside to land another big time target.

"Last Tuesday Wake Forest called my coach and informed him that they have offered me and my coach told me," said Wesley Saunders.

"I feel great about it. I've been eyeing them for awhile. A good friend of mine [and former teammate] Marshall [Williams] signed with them last year. I trust his judgment, so since he signed with Wake Forest there must be something good about it."

Before receiving the offer, Williams was already talking up the Demon Deacons' program to Saunders.

"He told me that the campus is great," said Saunders. "I already knew about the prestige of the university when it comes to academics. Everything I've heard about it so far has been good."

Now with the offer on the table, Williams has begun to recruit his former teammate.

"He's been trying to persuade me a little bit," said Saunders. "But he wants me to go where I'm comfortable."

In addition to Wake Forest, Saunders holds offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Louisville, NC State, North Carolina, and South Carolina. All but the Gamecocks are recruiting him as a defensive end. By extending the offer, the Demon Deacons have automatically entered Saunders' current favorites list.

"[The offer] puts Wake Forest in my top three with UNC and South Carolina," said Saunders. "North Carolina is my leader for right now, and Wake Forest is second."

In June Saunders will make his first unofficial visit to Wake Forest. He has already visited North Carolina, and plans to camp at UNC and Notre Dame over the summer.

During his junior season 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.

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