May 2, 2006

Napier drops in on big tight end, extends offer

Clemson has been on the brink of offering a talented jumbo-athlete from the Tar Heel State, and Tuesday it finally happened when tight ends coach Billy Napier extended an offer to Durham, N.C., Riverside two-way star Wesley Saunders.

"Coach Napier came to the school and told my coaches I had an offer now. He's a pretty young guy," Saunders told in a Tuesday night interview. "He said he liked the way I played, and he felt I had great hands. He said Clemson started to recruit me as a defensive end earlier this year, but he told me they had me on the board now as a tight end. He said they could definitely use me in their offense."

Clemson's offer joins full rides from North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Louisville and East Carolina. And Saunders said Tuesday Virginia is also close to offering.

"North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Clemson, Louisville and East Carolina are the schools highest on my list right now," Saunders said. "But I am going to try to go to a camp at Notre Dame this summer, and probably North Carolina and N.C. State."

Saunders said he doesn't have a preference between tight end and defensive end, stating both are "okay by him."

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