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PREP FOR PREPS: Edgewood duo brings international flavor





Nigerians Kelvin Luckie and Tega Junior have found a home with coach Bobby Carr and the Edgewood Academy Wildcats. (Photo contributed)

By Graham Dunn
RRS Editor
(August 19, 2014)

ED Note: The 2014 high school football season opens this week. River Region Sports is preparing football fans with leadoff stories heading towards Thursday’s openers. Also, to prep for the upcoming release of the 2014 River Region Football Guide, we present a few "leftovers" or stories that we just didn’t have enough room in this year’s magazine.

Monday - The irony of combination at Catholic

Today - Edgewood’s new foreign policy

Wednesday - The new 7A and what it feels like for city schools

Thursday - First preview of Lee-Lanier

Friday - Season openers and first Prep Capsules of the season as well as preview of Champions Challenge

Edgewood Academy has become a landing place for transfers in Elmore and Autauga Counties.

Most come from Wetumpka, Millbrook and a few make it from Prattville and Montgomery.

But Nigeria?

Meet Tega Junior and Kelvin Luckie – which is not their real names but coach Bobby Carr had trouble with their original monikers.

They are two young men who arrived as foreign exchange students and came to Edgewood to play basketball.

But when they saw the football team practicing this summer, both wanted to give it a try.

“They walked up and one said, ‘what is this?’” Carr said. “They said they were ready to try it so we let them watch a couple of days and they put on the pads.”

The size of both fits the mold of basketball but they have great speed.

Junior has become particularly proficient at the game and has turned many heads with his play – even if he didn’t have an idea of the rules when he started.

“We had to tell him all (of the rules),” Carr said. “He didn’t know how to get in a three-point stance. But he is so fast and so massive, he’s impossible to block.”

His size, 6-foot-8, 240 pounds, sounds like Junior is ready to go straight to college. But his speed is what surprises everyone who watches him. That and his strength.

“We didn’t put him at linebacker because he is so fast,” Carr said. “He looks like Lebron (James) and runs like Julio Jones.”

Junior was turning heads during a recent camp so much that recruiting experts were dialing up his native country to find out more about him. College coaches began taking notes and asking Carr about him.

It remains to be seen how much either contribute to Edgewood’s attempt at a fifth-straight state title. The Wildcats were already loaded on both sides of the ball. But Carr believes their arrival will make a difference.

“(Junior) has already made an impression but you really have to see him to believe it,” Carr said. “The thing is both are very nice kids, very humble. And they are very smart.”


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