In-State Sleeper Visits UNC

Among the group of recruits that received the lion's share of attention from North Carolina's coaching staff on Saturday was Desmond Owino, a 6-foot-5, 215-pounder that recently popped on the staff's radar.

"I'd say I first start hearing from [UNC] last week," Owino said. "They called my coach and told me to come to the game. I don't know how they found out about me. I think they saw my film."

Owino moved to Raleigh from Kenya approximately a year ago and joined Sanderson's football team this season.

"I came [to Raleigh] to move in with my sister and my brother who go to school here," Owino said.

"I was playing rugby [in Kenya]. I just decided to play football, because there's no rugby here."

Owino eventually became Sanderson's starting strong-side defensive end.

"Adjusting [to football] has been pretty easy, because it's basically the same but different technique," Owino said.

In addition to UNC, Owino has grabbed the attention of Clemson, Duke, Virginia, and Wake Forest. Delaware, a Division I-AA school, is the only school to have offered Owino a scholarship, thus far.

"Three or four schools are in the process of offering me," Owino said.

Owino made his first recruiting visit a week ago when he attended the Duke-Wake Forest game in Durham.

While at UNC on Saturday, Owino had a brief conversation with Everett Withers on the field during pregame warm-ups. He also spent a lot of time with Marcus Berry, Director of Player Personnel.

"It seemed like they want me there," Owino said.

Most of Owino's stay Saturday was spent watching UNC defeat ACC rival Wake Forest.

"I enjoyed it," Owino said. "I loved the crowd. They were really in it and gave good energy."

Although he expects to make future recruiting trips in the coming weeks, Owino doesn't have any imminent plans.

Being new to the recruiting process – not to mention the country – Owino doesn't claim any favorite schools. However, he says he'd like to remain in-state and major in engineering.


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