Sports | February 28, 2020 9:19 am

Nigerian Prince Tega Wanogho Is Now a Touted NFL Draft Prospect

Wanogho started at left tackle for Auburn in 2019 and earned second-team All-SEC honors

A Nigerian Prince Is Now a Touted NFL Draft Prospect
Auburn offensive lineman Prince Tega Wanogho answers questions. (Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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Though he won’t be working out at the NFL combine after getting his right knee scoped in late January, Prince Tega Wanogho, a real-deal Nigerian prince, is drawing interest from a number of teams.

Wanogho, who started at left tackle in 12 of Auburn’s 13 games in 2019 and earned second-team All-SEC honors, originally came to the United States as a basketball prospect and thought he was going to be the next LeBron James, according to Yahoo.

But, reality set it and the 6-foot-5, 308-pounder made the switch to playing football after running a 40-yard dash in 4.64 seconds in high top Jordan shoes during his first day on the field.

The seventh of nine children from the Nigerian city of Warri, Wanogho had never played football and rarely seen it played on TV before he began taking lining up at both tackle positions in 2014.

The son of Prince Philip U.D. and Princess Onome Wanogho, the young man now projects to go in the first round of the 2020 NFL draft to a team that needs help on the offensive line.

“Right now, I can’t do much because of my knee,” Wanogho told Yahoo. “But at the same time, I feel like … I’m a sleeper. And I do because at the end of the day, I take pride in whatever I do. As a man, I take pride in that, too. I feel like my name is not being heard enough. But it doesn’t matter to me because at the next level, whatever team actually drafts me, they’re getting a good player. They’re getting a real pass blocker and they’re getting something new.”

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