UNC Offers Owino

North Carolina became the first Division I-A school to offer Desmond Owino a scholarship.

"I went there [Wednesday] with my coach and they offered," Owino said.

The foundation for the offer was laid approximately a week ago. After learning of Owino, who didn't begin playing football until this season, the UNC coaching staff invited the 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end to its game against Wake Forest. During that visit, Owino easily passed the "look" test prompting the coaching staff to expedite the evaluation of his film.

On Monday, Joe Robinson, UNC's defensive line coach, called Owino. During the conversation, Robinson verbally offered Owino and invited him to return to campus on Wednesday to discuss the situation further.

"[Robinson] told me he liked my speed, power, and how I play," Owino said.

About a year ago, Owino moved to Raleigh from Kenya and enrolled at Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson. In Kenya, he played rugby and basketball. Since Sanderson doesn't offer rugby, Owino decided to play its cousin sport, football.

Owino's Saturday visit to UNC was limited to a brief tour and watching the UNC-Wake Forest game. Wednesday visit, though, went more in-depth.

"They showed me around, they showed me the football field – they showed me everything," Owino said. "I met the players. I met all the coaches and they offered me [officially]. I spent a lot of time with [Marcus] Berry. He told me about the school, the academic program, the game of football, how the program runs there."

While he's not ready to make a verbal commitment, Wednesday's visit did nothing but improve UNC's chances with Owino.

"It's a good school," Owino said. "I like their academics and the environment is totally amazing. But I haven't committed, yet. I'm still looking at other schools. I'm taking my time and still waiting."

On Monday alone, six schools contacted Owino. Meanwhile, Duke and Wake Forest have been recruiting him the past few weeks.

"Duke and Wake Forest are in the process of offering," Owino said.

Besides UNC, Owino has visited Duke. He said he plans to continue visiting schools with another return to UNC likely.

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