"He came by my school and we talked," said Owino, a 6-5, 235-pound defensive end. "I was probably about to de-commit. I talked to him about that. He told me they still want me. He told me to take things slow. He said don't listen to what's going on outside, just focus on what you want to do, because everything is going to be fine at [UNC].
"I'm still worried, but I told him I'm still thinking about that. I'm still with [UNC] and I'm still thinking about the school. I'm sort of starting off fresh again of where I'm going to go."
The meeting with Adams was Owino's second communication with UNC since Larry Fedora was hired. He previously received a phone call from another Tar Heel coach a couple of weeks ago.
Owino's wavering didn't begin until recently. He was firm to UNC as recently as the day of Larry Fedora's hiring.
"It's not so much the coaching change but what I've seen," Owino said. "I started to think about if I wanted to go to a school that might have [similar NCAA sanctions] as Ohio State. The NCAA stuff just came to my mind."
The NCAA hit Ohio State with a one-year bowl ban, three years of probation, and a loss of nine scholarships over the next three years as a result of being found guilty of failure to monitor the program and of extra benefit violations. UNC has already self-imposed a loss of nine scholarships over the next three years and two years of probation -- with the final ruling expected from the NCAA later this month.
In spite of his UNC verbal commitment, NC State and Purdue have continued to recruit Owino.
UNC, NC State, and Purdue have asked Owino to officially visit the weekend of Jan. 14.
"Right now, I'm not sure [which official visit I'll take]," Owino said. "It's probably going to be either State or North Carolina – but I'm not too sure."
Owino plans to visit UNC this coming Saturday unofficially for the Tar Heels' basketball game against Boston College. While on campus, he will speak to Adams and the rest of the coaching staff.
Last week, Owino attended a basketball game at NC State.