Owino A Pack Target

Navarro College defensive end Desmond Owino signed with NC State in 2012 after a breakout senior season at Raleigh (NC) Sanderson High School.

Navarro College defensive end Desmond Owino signed with NC State in 2012 after a breakout senior season at Raleigh (NC) Sanderson High School.

He didn't start playing football until 2011, but his athleticism and upside led to multiple offers. He initially committed to North Carolina, but flipped to NC State following an official visit.

"They had what I was looking for in a school," said Owino. "NC State had a good program, they were close to home, and I really liked the business school."

However, Owino failed to qualify, which led to him spending a year at Hargrave before enrolling at Navarro College in 2013.

"I thought I did well my first year at Navarro," he stated. "It was a great experience. It helped me improve as a player, and I felt good about it."

Owino, who says he finished with 4.5 sacks and four tackles for a loss, checks in at 6-foot-5 and 256 pounds. He stated that he's being recruited to play defensive end.

NC State's coaching staff is different from when he first signed with the Wolfpack, but that hasn't prevented them from emerging as a major player in Owino's recruitment.

"I still like NC State a lot," he said. "Coach Nielsen was down to see me a couple of weeks ago, and they've offered me a scholarship. Coach Nielsen was telling me to keep up with my schoolwork so I can get out of here early."

Owino claims offers from NC State, East Carolina, Troy, and Indiana, and he is receiving heavy interest from Texas, Arizona State, and Kentucky.

"It's still like I'm going to NC State, but I'm going to look at all my options before signing," said Owino. "I want to decide at the end of the year because I'm hoping to leave in January."

Owino added that he currently carries a 3.5 GPA.


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