Heels Host Owino

North Carolina had pledge Desmond Owino visit campus on Saturday with the hopes of solidifying his commitment.

"It was good meeting the coaches and getting to know them and have them get to know me," Owino said. "But my commitment is still not strong."

Owino, a 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end from Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson, did leave Chapel Hill with an official visit scheduled for the weekend of Jan 20. He's also scheduled an official trip to NC State for this coming weekend and Purdue the last weekend of January.

At the conclusion of his official visit schedule, Owino will make a final decision.

"Academics are the most important thing," Owino said.

Owino verbally committed to UNC in late November, but began to contemplate a de-commitment when he started to hear more about the NCAA sanctions the Tar Heels could face. He said he is fine with the self-imposed sanctions, but is worried UNC will get hit harder.

Upon his arrival Saturday, Owino spent a great deal of time with UNC's entire coaching staff before heading to the Smith Center for the Tar Heels' basketball game against Boston College.

"[The basketball game] was amazing," Owino said. "The crowd was loud. The game was pretty good. I had fun."

Before leaving campus, Owino met with Larry Fedora in his office.

"He wanted to know more about me," Owino said. "He talked to me about my position. He asked me about my commitment. He told me to settle down and don't worry about the NCAA [sanctions]."

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