Several weeks ago Desmond Owino was a virtual unknown in recruiting circles.
Now the local standout from Sanderson, right here in Raleigh, is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the state as well as the region.
At 6-foot-5 and 240-pounds, Owino has bulked up this season and he's carrying his extra weight well. Colleges haven't noticed the progress though. That's because they didn't know about him at all before this season.
This is Owino's first year in the United States. He's a native of Kenya and he moved to America this year on his own for his senior year of high school. That's not an easy transition, as you might imagine.
"Some parts have been difficult and some other parts have been easy," Owino told Pack Pride.
This is also Owino's first year playing football. In Kenya he played soccer and rugby but this summer he started working out with the football team. He picked up on the game quickly and his physicality and natural ability took over from there. As with anyone who is first learning a sport, there have been growing pains but also periods of rapid development.
The fact that schools are recruiting him has taken him by surprise.
"It has definitely come as a surprise," Owino explained. "I didn't expect to be recruited."
He definitely didn't expect offers from NC State, North Carolina, Maryland, Duke and Wake Forest. When the local ACC schools first got their hands on Owino's senior film they almost immediately sent scholarships out. You can bet more offers are coming.
Fortunately for NC State, Owino thinks very highly of the Pack. He attended NC State's 13-0 victory over North Carolina this weekend, the Pack's fifth consecutive win in the series.
"It was pretty good," Owino recalled. "I liked the energy of the crowd and the players. I fit in perfectly. They had offered me on Friday. The coach came to my school and he saw film of me and was impressed. That's when he started recruiting me. That was my first game at NC State."
It was an unofficial visit but Owino said he had plenty of time to talk to the coaches, the players and check out the campus. The trip went so well Owino is ready to name a favorite.
"I'd say NC State is at the top (of his list). They've got what I want to major in. With me it's all about engineering," he said.
Owino said he didn't think about committing to NC State on his visit because he wants to take other officials and see what more schools have to offer before rushing into a decision. It's likely that he will check out most of the other schools that have offered, especially since they're so close to home.
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