Both call her grandma. A bond that was established at the age of 6 on the basketball court and at Felna Harry’s house has brought Chandler’s dynamic duo, N’Keal Harry and Chase Lucas, to the football field at Arizona State University.
“When we were younger and wanted to play, we would just watch all the college and NFL players and say, ‘One day we will be them,’ ” Harry said.
Their biggest fan is Felna Harry, N’Keal’s grandmother. She played a significant role in the upbringing of the two top prospects and now has the opportunity to watch their brotherhood grow. To this day she watches over the boys and makes sure they have a home away from home.
“I cook for them and make sure to stock the refrigerator with Gatorade,” Felna said.
Weekends are their favorite time.
“We come together and meet up at N’Keals house,’’ Lucas said. “Grandma cooks really good food.’’
Harry and Lucas first met competing against each other to see who was faster. At a young age, Harry was quicker but now Lucas is faster.
“I remember me and him racing and after that we became best friends,” Lucas said.
The bond flourished when they were basketball teammates at the Boys and Girls Club in Chandler.
“My friendship with N’Keal is unbreakable, he is my righthand man and like a brother,” Lucas said.
Another long-time friend also calls Felna grandmother. Scottsdale Saguaro four-star cornerback prospect Byron Murphy, called “BJ” by his friends, is heavily targeted by ASU and could be joining his two friends on the field next year. Murphy has yet to announce his decision but plans to do so in the early months of 2016.
“I think it would be a great opportunity. I feel a good connection, since freshman year of high school we have been talking about going to college together,” Murphy said.
Saguaro coach Jason Mohns said the three playing together would not only boost ASU but provide a comfort zone.
“Part of a being a successful football player is being comfortable and feeling like you are at home,” Mohns said.
Grandma is rooting for Murphy to join his friends, known as Hometown Heroes for becoming a Sun Devil.
“I would be disappointed if he did not go to ASU but I understand,” Felna said.
Murphy met Harry on the basketball court in eighth grade. The first time he and Harry played in a game together they almost got into a fight, but afterwards they soon became close friends.
Murphy was later introduced to Lucas his freshman year of high school when he played against him in the last game of the season.
“Since then I have had tremendous respect for BJ and we have been working out together for years,” Lucas said. “He is like another brother added to the addition.”
Off the field, the three athletes enjoy going to Raising Canes, playing Xbox, specifically FIFA and Madden, and working on improving their football skills.
“We just like to motive and push each other to be the stars we can be,” Lucas said.
They all think alike on the field but have different personalities. Harry is an avid dancer, while Lucas enjoys fishing and outdoor activities. Lucas tends to be outgoing; Murphy is the opposite.
Harry, a five-star, 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver, is originally from the Caribbean Islands. He moved to Scottsdale at a young age with his grandmother and immediately got involved in sports acquiring skills both on the field and the court.
His high school football career started at Marcos De Niza, where he and Murphy were teammates. They then bonded like brothers when Harry moved in with Murphy’s family for a few months.
“I always wanted a brother, so when we picked him up and he got to stay with us that was the most memorable moment for me,” Murphy said.
After freshman year both transferred to separate schools to further their football opportunities. Harry went to Chandler and Murphy went to Saguaro.
“When I went to go visit Saguaro I just felt like a good connection with coach Bryant Westbrook so I choose to go there,” Murphy said.
The switch to Chandler reunited Harry with his life-long friend Lucas. Side by side on the field for the next three years, Harry wore No. 1 and Lucas wore No. 2.
“When I got to Chandler it just went back to how it was when we were little, we were together every day,” said Harry.
Lucas, a 6-1, 180-pound athlete, is a cornerback who also plays receiver at Chandler. He is rated No. 2 in the 2016 class by azcentral sports.
The two brothers will never forget the state championship game in 2014 when Chandler defeated Hamilton, 28-7.
“State felt like a dream,” said Harry.
Now, the trio has bigger dreams.
Arizona’s Top 150 high school football prospects: Class of 2016