Saunders Almost Overlooks Fifth Offer

With so much generic college interest mail coming in, Wesley Saunders nearly threw away his fifth scholarship offer Wednesday.

"ECU offered me," said Saunders. "I realized it was in the mail yesterday. I thought it was junk mail, but it was really an offer."

The Pirates join Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, and South Carolina on Saunders' offer sheet. Among his offering schools, the Gamecocks still lead.

"South Carolina is my favorite of the offering schools," said Saunders. "North Carolina, [N.C.] State, ECU, and Clemson are pretty neck-and-neck [for second]."

Saunders, who plans to have his collegiate decision squared away before the start of his senior season, likes the situation at South Carolina.

"[I like] just what I've heard about it, and the fact that the coaching staff is in dire need of a tight end and they have really good quarterbacks," said Saunders.

While South Carolina recruits Saunders as a tight end, the majority of the other schools would like to see the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder at defensive end. However, Saunders does not have a position preference.

Over the course of the next few weeks, Saunders will attend spring games at N.C. State (April 8th) and Virginia (April 22nd). He also plans to camp at Notre Dame, Auburn, N.C. State, and North Carolina this summer.

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.


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