Those are the words of Edgewood Academy Coach Bobby Carr when asked about the potential of Auburn’s latest football commitment, four-star defensive end Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. A 6-8, 250-pounder with exceptional speed and quickness, Wanogho is just scratching the surface of his football potential and Carr predicts huge things are ahead for the high school senior.
“For a kid to have never seen a football game until he got to America, the first football game he saw was the one he played in...,” Carr said. “For a kid to come from that to where he is now, I can’t imagine how he is going to be under the coaching he is going to get at Auburn under (Rodney) Garner, (Will) Muschamp and that staff.
“The sky is the limit,” he added. “You can teach a kid the game of football, you can’t teach a kid to be 6-8, 250 and run like a deer.”
That running ability is the thing that separates Wanogho from other prospects of similar size. Unbelievably athletic for a player who could easily play at 265 on the next level and keep that speed, Carr has seen it in action and says it’s as impressive as anything he has ever witnessed.
“The last time we timed him in the 40 (yard dash) he ran it in tennis shoes and it was a 4.61,” Carr said. “Then we took a legit 4.4 guy and put him on the five and Tega on the goal line. I told him ‘when we blow the whistle I want you to chase Herman so we can get a good time’.”
That Herman is talented running back Herman McKenzie. A former standout at Tallassee before transferring to Edgewood Academy, McKenzie is heading to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas to continue his football career. While he’s a very fast runner, that day Carr said he didn’t stand a chance.
“When they got to the 35 that day Tega caught him and stopped running,” Carr said. “I don’t know how fast he is, but I know it’s a lot faster than 4.6.”
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