Owino Commits

During Saturday's unofficial visit to Chapel Hill, Desmond Owino verbally committed to North Carolina.

"I made the decision Tuesday, but I wasn't 100-percent sure," Owino said. "I came [Saturday] and spoke to Coach [Everett] Withers. I just got a feeling as soon as I stepped on campus. I told [Withers] what I was thinking, and he accepted."

Owino, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive end from Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson, selected UNC over scholarship offers from NC State and Purdue. The Boilermakers were the most recent school to have offered, offering late last week.

"The education [UNC] offers [sold me]," Owino said. "What I want to major in, [business entrepreneurship], they are very good in. Education is the most important thing."

Owino, who has visited Duke and NC State in addition to several trips to UNC, says he is finished visiting schools. Furthermore, his commitment will remain firm even if something happens to the current coaching staff.

"For me, it doesn't matter who goes or who comes to UNC," Owino said. "I'm going to stick with UNC. I committed to the school for the education."

Just before kickoff of Saturday's game against Duke, Owino verbally committed to Withers.

"[Withers] was surprised by it, but he was happy," Owino said. "I feel like I made a good decision by committing."

In addition to watching UNC's 37-21 defeat of rival Duke and conversing with Withers, Owino's stay Saturday included an in-depth conversation with Joe Robinson, the Tar Heels' defensive line coach.

"We talked about the game and how my grades are and qualifying," Owino said.

Despite owning a solid grade-point average and speaking several languages fluently, Owino has some work to do to pass the NCAA Clearinghouse stemming from his moved from Kenya about a year ago.

"What I need to work on right now is my SATs," Owino said. "English is my second language. I'm working on [qualifying] right now. I'll have everything ready before I graduate [from Sanderson]. I'm taking both the SAT and ACT next month."

Owino, who moved to Raleigh to live with his father, didn't begin to play football until this past season, but has extensive experience in rugby and basketball.

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