When Desmond Owino
committed to North Carolina more than a month ago it appeared as though NC State would just have to move onto other targets.
Not so fast.
While the Wolfpack haven't put all their eggs in one basket Owino told Pack Pride this weekend that NC State kept open the lines of communication even after his verbal commitment to UNC.
"There were some schools that backed off (after the commitment) but some schools kept recruiting me and some others started," he explained. "NC State continued recruiting me."
Owino has been up front with coaches about the fact that he's still committed to the Tar Heels. Now, though, he's also admitting that he is leaving the door open to other schools.
"I'm still looking at other schools like NC State and even Purdue," Owino said. "I don't know what's going to happen yet. I hope to know what I'm going to do soon."
The Raleigh (NC) Sanderson defensive end had a big senior season. It was his first season of organized football after moving to the United States from Kenya and he obviously picked up on the game quickly.
On Saturday he was at North Carolina and had a chance to interact with Larry Fedora and the new coaching staff in Chapel Hill. He said it was a good experience but he still doesn't know for certain what school he will sign with in early February.
"I'm still definitely looking at NC State," he said. "I can see that they're getting better and the program is doing well. I plan on going to NC State for an official visit this coming weekend. The week after that I'm going to UNC and then I'm going to Purdue."
When asked which school has the edge at this point Owino seemed to give a slight nod to UNC, but that's no surprise given his status as a soft verbal commitment.
How much of a shot do the Boilermakers have given the two in-state schools seem to have a location edge?
"I haven't talked to them too much and it's been on and off. I definitely want to go up to the school and see what they've got," he said.
Ultimately Owino's decision will come down to several key factors that he has identified, and he is critically evaluating each school by asking the same questions over and over again.
"I've got to have a good relationship with the coaches. I need to see the program is doing well and whether the academics are good too."
Raleigh (NC) Sanderson defensive end Desmond Owino is planning to officially visit NC State this weekend. Can the Wolfpack secure a verbal commitment from Owino?
Raleigh (NC) Sanderson DE Desmond Owino is planning to officially visit NC State.