Sowell, a 5-foot-10, 187-pound cornerback from Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman, became the second 2009 recruit to verbally commit to UNC when he pledged to the coaching staff in mid-February.
"When I got the offer from North Carolina, it was a big deal – everybody knew," Sowell said. "My coach told me that was going to be my only one… I really liked UNC, but I also thought it was going to be my only option."
Approximately two months ago, Sowell took an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech.
"I took the visit just to make sure North Carolina was where I wanted to go," Sowell said. "… I just wanted to make sure, because once I sign the papers I don't want to go there and change my mind."
As a result of Sowell's increasing interest in other schools, the North Carolina staff opted to part ways.
Although he was surprised by the developments, Sowell shoulders most of the blame.
"I understand it completely," Sowell said. "I think there was a little bit of a miscommunication on me. I failed on a lot of parts. I'm new at this. I had no idea I was going to be recruited this highly. I felt like I did a lot of damage just by myself."
Sowell said he plans on contacting UNC today to provide closure to his Tar Heel recruitment.
He now holds scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia, and West Virginia -- and is eligible for a January college enrollment.