Last week, North Palm Beach (Fla.) The Benjamin School offensive lineman Trenton Saunders traveled to Blacksburg, Va. in hopes of earning an offer from the Virginia Tech Hokies at their camp.
"It was pretty good," Saunders said of the camp. "I went there and I felt I performed pretty well. It went pretty well. I didn't get an offer though."
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman did receive feedback from the Hokies' staff while on campus and then again on Tuesday in a follow-up conversation with them.
"They liked the way that I worked," Saunders said. "Coach (Charley) Wiles definitely likes me a lot. He has just told me to stay in contact with him. He said they are going to see how this plays out. They said that right now they have basically offered two guys on a greyshirt and they are waiting to see what is going to happen with their current commitments. He basically said that I can wait to see what happens or I can go on. I told him I was going to wait and see what happens."
While Saunders will continue to hold out hope for an offer from the Hokies, he is setting his sights on taking another trip or two during July in hopes of landing an offer.
"I am trying to decide where I am going to go for my next camp," Saunders said. "Right now, I just had some contact with a Vanderbilt coach and they want me to come up on Sunday, so I am going to see if I can make that. I am probably going to be attending South Florida's camp on the 23rd and 24th."
Vanderbilt and Kentucky are the two most recent schools to show interest in Saunders. He has previously heard from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Miami, Nebraska, Purdue, South Florida, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCF, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. He currently holds offers from Florida Atlantic, Florida International, and Western Kentucky. Out of all of his options, he admits that one school is standing out at this juncture.
"If I had to say a school was in the lead I would say FIU," Saunders said. "I would say FIU because they have shown they have confidence in me. They offered a lot earlier."
While the Golden Panthers did a good job of getting in with Saunders early on, he isn't expected to make a decision anytime soon.
"I am in no rush," Saunders said.
During the spring, Saunders won offensive line MVP at the Miami Nike Camp.