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Saunders has a terrific visit to UNC

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Three-star defensive end Weslye Saunders out of Durham (N.C.) Riverside made the short trip to Chapel Hill this weekend to check out North Carolina. Heading into the trip, the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder was down to the Tar Heels and Gamecocks. Is North Carolina leading for his services now?
"It was a pretty good visit," he said. "I got there Friday night after my basketball game and I got to talk with the coaches, take a campus tour, meet the players and eat a lot of food. They fed us pretty well up there."
Saunders was hosted on the trip by Deunta Williams.
"It was pretty fun hanging out with him," he said. "He's a cool, laid back guy which is my style. We hit it off right away. I could tell he and the rest of the team was really excited about next year and they are working hard to make it the opposite of this past season."
The No. 12 prospect in the Tar Heel state was able to talk to quite a few coaches.
"I talked with Steve Hagen quite a bit along with John Shoop," he said. "He's a pretty cool guy that used to be at Fresno State. He also talked about his brother who's a scout for the Chiefs that was pretty cool.
"He's looking to utilize me as a tight end and I watched some film. They want to use me similar to the tight ends at Miami."
Of course the trip wouldn't be complete without a meeting with Butch Davis.
"I've met him a few times before, but this time it was a lot better because I got more one-on-one time with him," he said. "It was really great getting free time to talk and I think this was my best official."
With that said, it's no surprise that Saunders rated the trip a perfect 10.
"It was what I expected and I got a feel for the coaches and had a good time," he stated. "After an official they'll obviously get the edge, but I'm still saying I'm even and nobody is leading.
"Next week I go to South Carolina and I just want to see the exact same thing. I liked the staff and academics at North Carolina and am hoping to find that in Columbia too."
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