First-year football player Kelvin Lucky already a national recruit

Nov. 9 -- Called a sleeper throughout the 2015 football season, the tag can no longer be utilized when discussing basketball player turned intriguing Nigerian football recruit Kelvin Lucky...

The move from Nigeria to Montgomery, Alabama wasn't a very common one prior to 2014, and still probably isn't, but history is beginning to repeat itself in the area to the point that the pipeline could continue.

Like Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. last fall, fast-rising Nigerian hoops standout turned national football recruit Kelvin Lucky is the talk of the state of Alabama and beyond. 

Like his countrymen, now a redshirt freshman lineman at Auburn University, Lucky is raw, but long and athletic at 6-foot-6 inches tall with a frame that screams for weight to be added to it. Sky is seemingly the limit, whether it's at defensive end or tight end as some programs have coveted him as this fall at Elmore (Ala.) Edgewood Academy.

Helping the Wildcats to another 10-0 season along each line, including Friday night (video clips above) against Greenville (Ala.) Fort Dale Academy, Lucky has added nine scholarship offers over the back-half of the season. Georgia State kicked things off and Texas, UCLA, Vanderbilt, NC State, Arkansas State, UMass, South Alabama and Troy have since joined the offer party with plenty more expected. Miami (Ohio) did the same on Tuesday. He was at Auburn over the last weekend, the place he's most familiar at this early juncture.

It's the place the person he knows best in this country ended up after his own unlikely recruiting journey.

"When I saw everything with him (Wanogho), I tried to learn the game so quick, It would be a good thing to see my friend and to play at the same school would be pretty good," Lucky said. "I said 'next year, I'm going to play, I'm going to try my best to get something out of football.' Since I have a good coach and a good coaching staff, it's come easy at times. What I'm looking for, God found it for me." 

The projected edge talent's rise has been so steady that basketball at the next level, or even this coming season, may be out of the question in order to add bulk and focus to the football field.

"I think so," he said on the decision.

As for the football program he'll play at, it's seemingly much to early to even discuss it.

"I really don't have much to say, it's all to God, all power to God," Lucky said. "I became a prospect today and schools are going to come after me, just like Tega. I will call my coach, my mom, the people I live with, and we'll sit down and talk about it. Right now, it's too much for me. I'm kind of confused. I have to pray to God to direct me."

Lucky, who has been to Vanderbilt, Miami (Ohio), Alabama and Kentucky in addition to Auburn, has Florida on the docket this weekend. A trip to Austin, Texas could be in the works later on, too. 

Most of the aforementioned schools target the first-year footballer as a defensive end, but tight end is factoring into the equation with some programs as well.

"I like both positions, I know I can play both," Lucky said. "I'm really fast, I can catch the ball, I can go to the quarterback. I can play anywhere, I know I'm good."

Edgewood, which has won 68 straight games, kicks off its state title defense Friday night at home against Camden (Ala.) Wilcox Academy.

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